PHYS 321 Fall 2012 Introduction to Particle Physics (Q)

The Standard Model of particle physics incorporates special relativity, quantum mechanics, and almost all that we know about elementary particles and their interactions. This course introduces some of the main ideas and phenomena associated with the Standard Model. After a review of relativistic kinematics, we will learn about symmetries in particle physics, Feynman diagrams, and selected applications of quantum electrodynamics, the weak interactions, and quantum chromodynamics. We will conclude with a discussion of spontaneous symmetry breaking and the Higgs mechanism.
Class Format: lecture
Requirements/Evaluation: weekly problem sets, two midterm exams, and a final exam
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Prerequisites: Physics 301, which may be taken concurrently
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Divisional Attributes: Division III,Quantitative and Formal Reasoning
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Enrollment Limit: none
Expected Enrollment: 15
Class Number: 1249
CLASSES ATTR INSTRUCTORS TIMES CLASS NUMBER ENRL CONSENT
PHYS321-01(F) LEC Intro Particle Physics (Q) Division 3: Science and MathematicsQuantitative and Formal Reasoning David R. Tucker-Smith
MWF 10:00 AM-10:50 AM Physics 113 1249
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