Nuclear and Particle Physics (F3221)
15 credits, Level 6
This module on nuclear and particle physics covers:
- Chronology of discoveries.
- Basic nuclear properties.
- Nuclear forces.
- Models of nuclear structure.
- Magic numbers.
- Nuclear reactions, nuclear decay and radioactivity, including their roles in nature.
- The weak force.
- Existence and properties of neutrinos.
- Qualitative introduction to neutrino oscillations.
- C, P and T symmetries.
- Classification of elementary particles, and their reactions and decays.
- Particle structure.
- Qualitative introduction to Feynman diagrams.
25%: Practical (Workshop)
25%: Seminar (Class)
20%: Coursework (Problem Set)
80%: Examination (Unseen examination)
Contact hours and workload
This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 44 hours of contact time and about 106 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.
This module is running in the academic year 2020/21. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. It may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.
This module is offered on the following courses: