Introduction to Particle Physics
Division III; Quantative/Formal Reasoning;
This is not the current course catalog
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.
The Class: Type: independent study, with one 90-minute meeting per week (to be scheduled with the instructor)
Requirements/Evaluation: weekly problem sets and a final exam
Prerequisites: PHYS 301, which may be taken concurrently, plus permission of instructor
Distributions: Division III; Quantative/Formal Reasoning;