Module Details

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Title NUCLEAR AND PARTICLE PHYSICS
Code PHYS204
Coordinator Professor A Mehta
Physics
Mehta@liverpool.ac.uk
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2021-22 Level 5 FHEQ Second Semester 15

Aims

To introduce Rutherford and related scattering; to introduce nuclear size, mass and decay modes; to provide some applications and examples of nuclear physics; to introduce particle physics, including interactions, reactions and decay; to show some recent experimental discoveries; to introduce relativistic 4-vectors for applications to collision problems.


Learning Outcomes

(LO1) A basic understanding of Rutherford, electron on neutron scattering.

(LO2) An understanding of the basic principles that determine nuclear size, mass and decay modes.

(LO3) The knowledge of examples and applications of nuclear physics.

(LO4) An understanding of the basic properties of particles and their interactions

(LO5) An understanding of conservation laws and their role in particle decays and reactions

(LO6) A basic understanding of relativistic 4-vectors

(LO7) A basic understanding of drawing Feynman diagrams. Knowledge of some particle physics results: neutrino physics, measurement of top quark and W masses, structure of the proton

(LO8) Knowledge of particle physics results: Large hadron collider, cosmic microwave background, dark matter, super-symmetry


Syllabus

 

Size and Shape of Nuclei Rutherford scattering Electron+neutron scattering Nuclear size Nuclear Masses Masses of nuclei Binding energy Liquid drop model Semi-empirical mass formula Nuclear Decays Alpha, beta and gamma decays Nuclear Stability Other decays Nuclear Processes and Applications Dating Stellar evolution Nuclear power stations Particle Physics Introduction Particle properties Leptons. Quarks and hadrons Colour Forces and interactions Particle Decays and Reactions Particle widths Conservation laws, Relativistic Mechanics Principle of invariance Introduction to 4-vectors Relativistic Collisions Recent Discoveries in Particle Physics Feynman Diagrams Neutrino masses and oscillations Discovery of the top quark Measurement of the top and W masses Structure of the proton Search for Higgs, dark matter and super-symmetry


Teaching and Learning Strategies

Teaching Method 1 - Lecture
Description: Lectures online

Teaching Method 2 - tutorial
Description: tutorial online (synchronous)

The module will be delivered remotely in 2021. Asynchronous learning materials (notes/videos/exercises etc) will be made available to students through the VLE. The module will have regular synchronous sessions in active learning mode.
We are planning no changes to module content compared to previous years, and expect students to spend a similar amount of time-on-task compared to previous years. These changes will mainly constitute a rebalancing of hours from scheduled directed learning hours to unscheduled directed learning hours as students will have some flexibility as to when they access asynchronous materials.


Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours     11

    22

33
Timetable (if known)              
Private Study 117
TOTAL HOURS 150

Assessment

EXAM Duration Timing
(Semester)
% of
final
mark
Resit/resubmission
opportunity
Penalty for late
submission
Notes
online time-controlled examination  2 hours on task    60       
CONTINUOUS Duration Timing
(Semester)
% of
final
mark
Resit/resubmission
opportunity
Penalty for late
submission
Notes
Problem Class Week 8 Standard UoL penalty applies for late submission. This is not an anonymous assessment. Assessment Schedule (When) :2  12 x 2 hours    20       
Problem Class Standard UoL penalty applies for late submission. This is not an anonymous assessment. Assessment Schedule (When) :2  12 x 2 hours    20       

Recommended Texts

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