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PX147 - Introduction to Particle Physics

  • Module code: PX147
  • Module name: Introduction to Particle Physics
  • Department: Physics
  • Credit: 6

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

To provide an introduction to elementary particle physics including the naming and classification of particles, their detection and their interaction with matter.

Principal learning outcomes

"At the end of the module you should be able to: 1. Define the main terms in use to classify and name the elementary particles. Make correct charge and flavour assignments to all the quark and lepton flavours; 2. Discuss qualitatively the relationship between symmetries and conservation laws. Know the conserved quantities of the four fundamental interactions and be able to make simple applications of conservation laws; 3. Be able to write-down the classical equation of motion for a charged particle in uniform magnetic and electric fields (non-radiative approximation), and solve for its motion in each case. Be able to discuss the main principles behind cathode ray tubes, mass spectrometers and particle accelerators; 4. Be able to discuss qualitatively, several natural sources of radiation. Eg. Natural radioactivity, cosmic rays, solar and atmospheric neutrinos. Be able to calculate decay length of relativistic muon. Be able to discuss qualitatively the solar and atmospheric neutrino anomalies; 5. Describe the main processes at work when particles of different types pass through matter. Be able to describe the principles behind the operation of common particle detectors. "

Departmental link

http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/sci/physics/teach/syllabi/year1/px147

Other essential notes

The elementary constituents of matter are classified into three generations of quarks and leptons (electrons and neutrinos), which interact with each other through the electromagnetic, the weak and the strong forces. An account of how to classify the elementary particles and their interactions, and a description of some of the experimental tools used to probe their properties, is the subject of this introductory module. The module discusses the relationship between conservation laws and the symmetry of the families of elementary particles. Understanding this relationship is the key to understanding how elementary particles behave. We look at which quantities are conserved by which interactions and how this allows us to interpret simple reactions between particles. We also study how elementary particles interact with matter. One example is that of neutrinos in cosmic rays and their interaction with the earth's atmosphere.

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
6 CATS (Module code: PX147-6)
B (Examination only) 1 hr exam (Summer) Introduction to Particle Physics 100%
VA (Visiting students only) 100% assessment visiting/exchange PART YEAR ONLY 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

Core

N/A

Optional Core

N/A

Optional
  • Undergraduate Physics (BSc) (F300) - Year 1
  • Undergraduate Physics (MPhys) (F303) - Year 1
  • Undergraduate Physics (BSc MPhys) (F304) - Year 1
  • Undergraduate Physics and Business Studies (F3N1) - Year 1
  • Undergraduate Physics with Business Studies (F3N2) - Year 1
  • Undergraduate Mathematics and Physics (MMathPhys) (FG31) - Year 1
  • Undergraduate Mathematics and Physics (BSc MMathPhys) (FG33) - Year 1
  • Undergraduate Mathematics (BSc) (G100) - Year 1
  • Undergraduate Mathematics with Intercalated Year (G101) - Year 1
  • Undergraduate Mathematics (MMath) (G103) - Year 1
  • Undergraduate Mathematics (MMath) with Study in Europe (G106) - Year 1
  • Undergraduate Mathematics and Statistics (BSc MMathStat) (G1G3) - Year 1
  • Undergraduate Mathematics and Business Studies (with Intercalated Year) (G1N2) - Year 1
  • Undergraduate Mathematics and Business Studies (G1NC) - Year 1
  • Undergraduate Master of Mathematics,Operational Research,Statistics and Economics (G300) - Year 1
  • Undergraduate Mathematics and Physics (BSc) (GF13) - Year 1
  • Undergraduate Mathematics and Statistics (BSc) (GG14) - Year 1
  • Undergraduate Mathematics and Economics (GL11) - Year 1
  • Undergraduate Mathematics and Economics (with Intercalated Year) (GL12) - Year 1
  • Undergraduate Mathematics and Philosophy (GV17) - Year 1
  • Undergraduate Mathematics and Philosophy with Intercalated Year (GV18) - Year 1
  • Undergraduate Mathematics,Operational Research,Statistics and Economics (Y602) - Year 1