Subatomic Physics (PHYS*4130)
Code and section: PHYS*4130*01
Term: Winter 2017
Instructor: Alexandros Gezerlis
|Alex Gezerlis||MacN email@example.com|
- Mondays, 3-5 pm in my office (MacN 219)
- Feel free to approach me before and after class to talk about physics
- Alternative arrangements can be made by appointment (firstname.lastname@example.org)
|Monday, Wednesday, Friday||11:30 am – 12:20 pm||ANNU 306|
There is no required textbook. I will be posting my lecture notes onto courselink at the end of every week.
- B. Povh, K. Rith, C. Scholz, and F. Zetsche, Particles and nuclei: an introduction to the physical concepts (6th edition, Springer, 2008) – freely available online to all University of Guelph students on Scholars Portal Books.
- B. Martin, Nuclear and Particle Physics: An Introduction (2nd edition, Wiley, 2009)
- E. Henley and A. Garcia, Subatomic Physics (3rd edition, World Scientific, 2007)
We will study two large subfields, namely particle and nuclear physics. While each of these is a separate topic in its own right, we will cover the essentials in both, going over the following subjects:
- The subatomic zoo: history and phenomenology
- Scattering and Feynman diagrams: the S-Matrix and quantum electrodynamics
- The strong interaction and quantum chromodynamics
- The weak interactions of quarks and neutrinos
- The two-nucleon system: nucleon-nucleon potentials and the deuteron
- Properties and structure of nuclei: phenomenology, liquid drop, shell model
- Nuclear decays and reactions: alpha, beta, gamma decay, fission, and fusion
|Midterm (Monday, 27 February 2017, from 6 pm to 8 pm)||30%|
|Final (Tuesday, 18 April 2017, from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm)||50%|
If the final exam mark is greater than that of the midterm, the midterm will be dropped and the final exam mark will be weighted as 80% of the final mark.
Course policy regarding grading
Each homework assignment should be handed in on the due date before the lecture begins. Late assignments will not be accepted, unless special arrangements are made ahead of time.
Course policy regarding use of electronic devices and recording of lectures
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