Faculty of Science

Annual Review 2017

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Matthew George, Stan Jerzak and Gloria Orchard If you drop by the physics lab for courses PHYS1800/1801 on any weekday afternoon, you will nd groups of rst-year students huddled over experimental setups and laptops, working together to explore concepts in physics. One week the students are manipulating a crane model to measure reaction forces; in another, they are building and testing a circuit. They all use a software program called LabVIEW to control their instruments and collect data. The masterminds behind this innovative learning scene are teaching stream Professors Stan Jerzak and Matthew George (Physics & Astronomy), who designed the physical lab space, course manual and curriculum from scratch a few years ago. At the time, George was a lab technologist. "Every detail had to be veri ed for the experiments we wanted to do in the lab, especially because some of our approaches were original," said Jerzak. "We also wanted to make the course as practical as possible, so we incorporated LabVIEW, which at the time was being used in industry but not so much in teaching labs." The space, located in Norman Bethune College, is organized into tables of four, each equipped with experimental gadgets, four laptops and a TV screen to share and collaborate. Every time students come into the lab, they are assigned to sit at different tables, obliging them to collaborate. The lab course is administered by the Faculty of Science but it is targeted towards engineering students. Jerzak now runs the lab with lab technologist Gloria Orchard, while Matthew George is applying the same design to create new labs in the Petrie Building for Science students. Designing labs for tomorrow' phy ici t and engineer 26 YO RK U NIVERSIT Y FACU LT Y O F SCIEN CE iN N OVatiO N iN tH E cl as sRO O m

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