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PHY 585
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Topics in Particle Physics
(Particle Physics for High School Teachers)
Fall 2001
Dec 13, 2001 - News and Announcements: all lecture notes on the web. Final Exam on t
PHY 585 Topics in Elementary Particle Physics
(Introduction to Particle Physics for High School Physics Teachers)
Fall Semester 2002 Michael Rijssenbeek
Lecture 1
1
Sep 18, 2002
Part I
1
Phenomenology of Elementary Particles
Introduction
It ca
Lecture 2
7
Sep 26, 2002
2
Tools of Particle Physics
One of the most obvious tools is Mathematics. Physics without mathematics is is only play and guesswork. Mathematics is in fact both a tool as well as a guide to new ideas in physics. Many new
Lecture 3
9
Oct 9, 2002
3
3.1
Special Relativity
A Short Review of Classical Mechanics
Before going any further, we quickly review the evidence and kinematics of special relativity. All classical mechanics is based on F = ma m dv/dt m d2x/dt2,
Lecture 4
25
Oct 16, 2002
4
Review of Quantum Mechanics
Quantum Mechanics is truly a 20th century development, and signified the start of "Modern Physics". Quantum mechanics (QM) is the basis for understanding diverse phenomena as electric condu
Lecture 5
30
Oct 23, 2002
4.2.2
1. One-dimensional infinite square well; see the figure. In practice, this situation is hardly realizable: infinitely steep U(x) "walls" simply do not occur in nature. However, it is a nice approximation for many
Lecture 6
35
Oct 30, 2002
5
The Quanta of the Standard Model
A long series of experiments and theoretical studies and advances has established the so-called Standard Model of elementary particle physics. This theory encompasses the electromagnet
Lecture 7
39
Nov 13, 2002
6
Forces in Nature
The forces in nature are Gravity, the weak interaction, the electromagnetic interaction (the latter two now unified as the electroweak interaction, the cornerstone of the Standard Model), and the stro
Lecture 8
52
Dec 4, 2002
7.4
Bosons and Fermions
Initially, the Pauli principle was just that, a postulate that two indistinguishable electrons (i.e. electrons with precisely the same quantum numbers) could not cohabitate. Together with the syst