James Pinfold, PhD, FRSC

Professor, Faculty of Science - Physics

Fall Term 2024 (1890)

PHYS 294 - General Physics Laboratory

3 units (fi 6)(EITHER, 0-0-6)

Introduction to experimental physics through select, classic experiments in physics from the 19th through 21st centuries performed using contemporary instrumentation when possible. Introduction to the statistical treatment of uncertainties, and analysis and graphing of experimental data with open-source scientific software. Skill development in written and oral presentation of laboratory results. Prerequisites: MATH 100 or 114 or 117 or 134 or 144 or 154; one of PHYS 124PHYS 144, or EN PH 131; and one of PHYS 126, PHYS 146, PHYS 181 or PHYS 130. Note: PHYS 294 will not count towards degree credit for Honors programs offered by the physics department (including physics, geophysics, astrophysics and mathematical physics). Students enrolled in those Honors programs are required to take PHYS 295 instead.

LAB A01 (51237)

2024-09-03 - 2024-12-09
M 14:00 - 16:50

2024-09-03 - 2024-12-09
W 14:00 - 14:50

2024-09-03 - 2024-12-09
W 15:00 - 16:50

Winter Term 2025 (1900)

PHYS 574 - Data Analysis in Physics

3 units (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

This course teaches the principles for designing physics experiments and analyzing data to obtain robust results. It explores the choice of experimental methods and conditions used for data collection and examines important techniques used for data analysis. Topics include: experimental and numerical noise/background sources, characteristics, and mitigation; sampling, replicates, and controls; probability distributions; parameter estimation; error estimation and confidence levels; model selection, model fitting, and hypothesis testing; non-parametric analyses; applications of frequentist and Bayesian statistics; modes of failure in measurements and analysis.

LECTURE B01 (78251)

2025-01-06 - 2025-04-09
MWF 11:00 - 11:50