Undergraduate Course: Subatomic Physics (PHYS10082)
Course Outline
School  School of Physics and Astronomy 
College  College of Science and Engineering 
Course type  Standard 
Availability  Available to all students 
Credit level (Normal year taken)  SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) 
Credits  10 
Home subject area  Undergraduate (School of Physics and Astronomy) 
Other subject area  None 
Course website 
http://www2.ph.ed.ac.uk/teaching/coursenotes/notes/list/110 
Taught in Gaelic?  No 
Course description  Subatomic 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)
Prerequisites 

Corequisites  
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
Prerequisites  None 
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 semiempirical 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 semiempirical 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 
Keywords  SubAt 
Contacts
Course organiser  Prof Franz Muheim
Tel: (0131 6)50 5307
Email: F.Muheim@ed.ac.uk 
Course secretary  Miss Paula Wilkie
Tel: (0131) 668 8403
Email: Paula.Wilkie@ed.ac.uk 

