|Class:||Tuesdays & Thursdays 10:30-12:00, Hennings 302|
|Office:||Hennings-Physics 260 (Mezzanine)|
|Phone:||822-4337 (leave voicemail if I'm not in )|
|Office Hours:||Tuesday 2:30-3:30pm, Thursday 2:30-3:30pm, or by special appointment.|
|TA:||Mark Laidlaw, Hennings 279, 822-5727|
|Text:||Introduction to Elementary Particles, by D. Griffiths|
|Other useful references:
I have also ordered copies of the Particle Properties booklet from Berkeley for each registered student, or you may be interested in looking at the unabridged version published in The European Physical Journal C15 (2000) (Journal, available in library) or browse through the web version of The PDG Listings for the same info online.
|Grading:||40% Final Exam in April|
|25% Assignments (7 will be assigned during the term)|
|20% Midterm Exam, Thursday March 1, 1.5 hours in class|
|15% Student Reports (5% Seminar & 10% Essay)|
There is no tolerance for late assignments without medical or
Students taking the graduate version of this course, Phys 506, will find they have one or more additional slightly more challenging problems on each assignment.
The student seminar and essay is a chance for you to investigate and share with your classmates a topic of your choice. Check out my List of Suggested Topics if you are looking for ideas. You may select any particle physics topic of your choice, and there are many cool/interesting ones that aren't on my suggestion list, provided the professor (that's me) agrees that your choice is appropriate. The oral report will be a 15-20 minute seminar-type presentation to the class, followed by 5 minutes of discussion and questions. All students will participate in evaluations (marks) for all presentations (except your own). The essay will be a 7-10 page report/write-up based on your presentation. The oral presentations will be tentatively 1 per class, during the last 20-25 minutes of each class beginning the middle of February. A statement of your topic choice is due with your second assignment. The essay is due Monday April 9/2001.
Outline of topics covered in the course:
If you want to map the course outline onto specific sections of Griffiths, you will find we cover:
First 2 weeks is an overview of Standard Model and phenomenology.
Additionally, in 1 lectures in the first month of classes, we will qualitatively cover most of Chapter 2 in Perkins, on accelerators and particle physics detectors. Chapters 3, 5 and 7 in Perkins have considerable overlap with the above listed topics/sections covered by Griffiths and are strongly recommended reading.
In Halzen and Martin, material covered in Chapters 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, and 12, has considerable overlap with the material we cover in class, and makes a great supplementary text for this course.
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