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2020/21 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 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2020/21

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

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

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;
- practice problem solving.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Regular short exercises to test understanding of most recent concepts from lectures.

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information


Coursework
Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
AssignmentCourseworks30.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)30.00

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


Exams
Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Online Time-Limited assessment48 hr 00 mins70.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)70.00

Students will have to complete an online assessment at the end of the module. This will take place during the examinations period at the end of the semester and will be time bound. The assessment will not take 48 hours to complete, but students will have a 48 hour time period in which to complete it. Students must submit a reasonable attempt at all assessments for this module to pass this module.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 12/10/2020 15:48:24

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