Subatomic Physics (PHYS*4130)

Code and section: PHYS*4130*01

Term: Winter 2020

Instructor: Liliana Caballero


Course Information

Class Schedule

Monday, Wednesday and Friday
11:30 a.m to 12:20 p.m
ALEX, Room 309


Liliana Caballero
MacN 433D

Office hours

ONLINE - Please email to make an appointment.


Quantum Mechanics II- PHYS 4040, Statistical Physics II- PHYS 4240

The course also relies on a working knowledge of classical mechanics, electromagnetism, and mathematics.

Recommended textbooks

  • B. Martin and G. Shaw Nuclear and Particle Physics: An Introduction, 3rd edition, Wiley
  • E. Henley and A. Garcia, Subatomic Physics (3rd edition, World Scientific, 2007)

The University of Guelph Library has a wonderful resource of e-books at Scholars Portal books.

You can login in with your University credentials and have access to countless books with problems to practice. As an example, you will find:

  • B. Povh, K. Rith, C. Scholz, and F. Zetsche, Particles and nuclei: an introduction to the physical concepts (6th edition, Springer, 2008)

Lecture Content

In this course we will discuss aspects of particle physics and study in more depth concepts of nuclear physics. We will go over the following topics:

  • Basic concepts. Symmetries, units, particles, interactions, Feymman diagrams, cross sections.
  • Nuclear Properties Phenomenology, mass, shapes.
  • Nuclear models. Nucleon-nucleon potentials, Liquid drop model, Fermi gas model, Shell model 
  • Nuclear decay Nuclear instability. Fission, alpha, beta and gamma decay. 
  • Weak interactions Neutrinos, charged and neutral currents


There will be one midterm and one final exam. They will be closed-book exams.

We will also have *roughly* bi-weekly homework. Return date will be posted in each assignment. Copying will not be tolerated. The homework problems are exercises that give you practice, and keep you up-to-date with the course material. However, you need to work on more problems on your own in order to master the content of the course.

The final mark of the course will be calculated with the following scheme. No other marking schemes will be considered.

Scheme Assignments Midterm Final Exam
A 20% 40% 40%

Midterm date and time: Friday, February 28th, 2020, 7 - 9pm, MCLN 101

Final exam date and time: TTHIS WILL BE A TAKE HOME EXAM - Check Course Link for details.

Late assignments will be received up to two days later and marked with 20% off. 

Drop date

The last date to drop one-semester courses, without academic penalty, is April 3rd, 2020. For regulations and procedures for Dropping Courses, see the Academic Calendar.

Course Policies

Course Policy regarding use of electronic devices and recording of lectures

Electronic recording of classes is expressly forbidden without consent of the instructor.  When recordings are permitted they are solely for the use of the authorized student and may not be reproduced, or transmitted to others, without the express written consent of the instructor.

Academic Consideration

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Course Evaluation Information

Please refer to the Course and Instructor Evaluation Website