2022/23 Undergraduate Module Catalogue
PHYS3543 Theoretical Elementary Particle Physics
15 creditsClass Size: 115
Module manager: Dr Robert Purdy
Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable
Year running 2022/23
Pre-requisite qualificationsLevel 2 Physics or equivalent, PHYS3382 is recommended
This module is not approved as a discovery module
ObjectivesThis 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.
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.
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.
|Independent online learning hours
|Private study hours
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|Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)
Private study- revise lectures;
- read around material in recommended books;
- practice problem solving.
Opportunities for Formative FeedbackRegular short exercises to test understanding of most recent concepts from lectures.
Methods of assessment
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|Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)
Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated
|% of formal assessment
|Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)
|2 hr 30 mins
|Total percentage (Assessment Exams)
Students will have to complete an in-person exam 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. Students must submit a serious attempt at all assessments for this module, to pass this module overall.
Reading listThe reading list is available from the Library website
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