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Physics 5110 Syllabus
Spring Semester 2019
- Course Objectives:
This course is intended to provide an introduction to particle physics. It includes brief reviews of special relativity and quantum mechanics which are then used to outline theoretical methods for particle physics to present the standard model. Some time is spent discussing detection and experimental technique. Nuclear physics will be minimally covered as part of the discussion of special relativity and in some application examples.
- You are requested to read "The quantum story, a history in 40 moments" by Jim Baggot, edited by Oxford University Press ($10 from Amazon). It is a pleasant and easy read that will give you a nice cultural background on the history of quantum mechanics and particle physics.
- You are also requested to read "QED: The strange theory of light and matter" by Richard Feynman, edited by Princeton University Press ($6.40 from Amazon). It is a fun to read and very stimulating book written for the resilient non-scientist. It will make you think about the scientific method and provide some sense of quantum mechanics in the way it is used in particle physics as well as some background about the standard model.
- I will provide detailed lecture notes on a weekly basis in the lectures page and numerous links to material you are encouraged to consult and explore.
- One of the books I consult to prepare class is "Introduction to elementary particles" by David Griffiths, edited by Willey-VCH. It is a nice book, Griffiths style. It dates a little and the 2nd edition includes revisions but there is still a number of topics not covered. It might also be a little difficult for some of the students in the class.
- Another book I use is "Particle Physics" by Duncan Carlsmith. I like the content, however, the style is more difficult than in Griffiths' book and I find it is not always very carefully written.
- Another book I like is "Modern particle physics" by Mark Thomson. I find it a very good book but like the two previous ones, it might be a difficult independent read for part of the students in the class.
- Class meetings:
- Monday and Wednesday 11:50 - 13:10 in JFB B-1
- Office hours / help lab: Friday 11:50 - 12:40 in JFB B-1
- You can write to the instructors using the mail Form
- Homework assignments
- Homework will be made available on the class home page. Due dates are indicated in the announcements. Due dates can be negociated by the class. Solutions will be posted after class on the due date. Late homework will not be graded.
- Grading Scheme
- The course grade is based on homework, conceptual quizzes, midterms and a final. Grading formula: Homework 40%, quizzes 20%, midterms 20% and final 20%.
- Attention: The score for all graded work is based not only on the correctness of the answer but also on the logic and clarity of the writing (logic is the adherence of the reasoning to strict principles of validity. Clarity is the quality of coherence and intelligibility of the writing). Solutions presented in a way that is not immediately understandable to the grader, for example a sequence of equations with no reasoning or explanation will not receive full credit even if the answer seems to be correct. The same goes for work that would not come in a clean presentation. Why would the grader care if you don't?
- Honor System and Collaboration Policy
- Collaboration on homework is encouraged, provided the
collaboration involves roughly the
same amount of give and take. However, students may submit only their own
work for grading and this work must be written solo, without copying from
any other sources. Students are on their honor to adhere to this policy.
- ADA Compliance
- The University of Utah Physics Department seeks to provide equal
access to its programs, services and activities for people with disabilities.
If you will need accommodations in this class, reasonable prior notice needs
to be given to the instructor and to the Center for Disability Services,
162 Olpin Union Bldg, 581-5020 (V/TDD) to make arrangements for accommodations.
- Possible changes to this syllabus
- The instructor reserves the right to change the content of this syllabus. However, after the first day of class, any considered changes will be first discussed in class.
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