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Undergraduate Course: Subatomic Physics (PHYS10082)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Physics and Astronomy CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Course typeStandard AvailabilityAvailable to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) Credits10
Home subject areaUndergraduate (School of Physics and Astronomy) Other subject areaNone
Course website http://www2.ph.ed.ac.uk/teaching/course-notes/notes/list/110 Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionSubatomic physics provides an introduction to the physics within the nucleus, exploring the consequences of quantum physics at the high energies, and short distances, explored by nuclear and particle physics.

We will begin with a review of relativistic and quantum mechanics, the symmetries of fermions and bosons, and the forces of nature. We will go on to explore the nature of these forces in the nuclear and particle physics domain, and see how they are related to decays and scattering processes.

We will introduce the fundamental particles and composite states, including nuclei, which appear on subatomic scales and investigate the quantum numbers and symmetries associated with the interactions of these particles. We will discuss the models used to describe the phenomena observed on the subatomic scale, and explore both their many successes and their shortcomings.

We will also discuss the experimental methods used to explore the subatomic world.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements At least 80 credits accrued in courses of SCQF Level 9 or 10 drawn from Schedule Q.
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesNone
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?Yes
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Semester 1, Available to all students (SV1) Learn enabled:  Yes Quota:  None
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Class Delivery Information Workshop/tutorial sessions, as arranged.
Course Start Date 16/09/2013
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 22, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 10, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Revision Session Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 62 )
Additional Notes
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Written Exam 100 %, Coursework 0 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)2:00
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this course a student should comprehend the physics and phenomena that appear on subatomic scales and solve unseen problems relating to these areas. In particular, the student should be able to:

? Identify the forces acting at the subatomic scale.

? Explain the interactions, decays and scatterings, resulting from the subatomic forces. Be able to illustrate these processes and evaluate the probability of these interactions for some key processes.

? Explain the quantum, relativistic and statistical nature of these interactions.

? Recognise the symmetries and conservation laws relating to these forces.

? Identify the forces acting at the subatomic scale and understand the quantum and relativistic nature of these interactions.

? Describe the fundamental particles (quarks, leptons and gauge bosons). Describe and understand the composite particles made from fundamental particles (mesons, baryons and nuclei).

? Discuss the quantum numbers and properties of these particles, such as mass, charge, colour charge, angular momentum, spin, parity, magnetic moment, ground and excited states.

? Describe the experimental techniques used to explore the subatomic world.

? Compare theoretical descriptions of nuclei such as liquid drop, shell and collective models.

? Interpret the semi-empirical mass formula for nuclei and apply to binding energies and nuclear stability.

? Describe qualitatively the Standard Model of Particle Physics and illustrate its main features.

Assessment Information
Degree Examination, 100%
Visiting Student Variant Assessment
Degree Examination, 100%
Special Arrangements
None
Additional Information
Academic description Not entered
Syllabus Identify the forces acting at the subatomic scale.
Explain the interactions, decays and scatterings, resulting from the subatomic forces. Be able to illustrate these processes and evaluate the probability of these interactions for some key processes.
Explain the quantum, relativistic and statistical nature of these interactions.
Recognise the symmetries and conservation laws relating to these forces.
Identify the forces acting at the subatomic scale and understand the quantum and relativistic nature of these interactions.
Describe the fundamental particles (quarks, leptons and gauge bosons). Describe and understand the composite particles made from fundamental particles (mesons, baryons and nuclei).
Discuss the quantum numbers and properties of these particles, such as mass, charge, colour charge, angular momentum, spin, parity, magnetic moment, ground and excited states.
Describe the experimental techniques used to explore the subatomic world.
Compare theoretical descriptions of nuclei such as liquid drop, shell and collective models.
Interpret the semi-empirical mass formula for nuclei and apply to binding energies and nuclear stability.
Describe qualitatively the Standard Model of Particle Physics and illustrate its main features.
Transferable skills Not entered
Reading list Not entered
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern Not entered
KeywordsSubAt
Contacts
Course organiserProf Franz Muheim
Tel: (0131 6)50 5307
Email: F.Muheim@ed.ac.uk
Course secretaryMiss Paula Wilkie
Tel: (0131) 668 8403
Email: Paula.Wilkie@ed.ac.uk
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