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2019/20 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

PHYS3543 Theoretical Elementary Particle Physics

15 creditsClass Size: 115

Module manager: Dr Robert Purdy
Email: r.purdy@leeds.ac.uk

Taught: Semester 2 View Timetable

Year running 2019/20

Pre-requisite qualifications

Level 2 Physics or equivalent, PHYS3382 is recommended

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Objectives

This module provides an in-depth introduction to theoretical particle physics. It is a basis for further study in particle physics, astrophysics, detector physics and other areas of science and technology, which require elementary knowledge of particle physics concepts.

Learning outcomes
Students should be able to: discuss the standard model of particle physics; derive and solve relativistic wave equations; predict particle properties using relativistic kinematics; discuss symmetries, conservation laws and violation of C, P and CP symmetries; discuss some aspects of particle physics beyond the standard model.


Syllabus

Classification of particles; tensor/index notation; relativistic wave equations; relativistic kinematics; gauge invariance and the gauge principle; the Standard Model of Particle Physics; symmetries and conservation laws, and broken symmetries; a brief introduction to particle physics beyond the Standard Model if time permits.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Lecture331.0033.00
Private study hours117.00
Total Contact hours33.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Private study

Revise lectures;
read around material in recommended books;
practise problem solving.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Weekly homeworks (non-assessed)

Methods of assessment


Coursework
Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
AssignmentCoursework15.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)15.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated


Exams
Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)2 hr 00 mins85.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)85.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 12/04/2019

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