Academic year(s): 2018-2019
SCOTCAT credits : 15
ECTS credits : 7
Level : SCQF Level 10
Availability restrictions: Available only to students on the Physics and Philosophy, and Physics and Computer Science, Physics and Mathematics, Theoretical Physics and Mathematics programmes.
The first aim of this module is to describe in terms of appropriate models, the structure and properties of the atomic nucleus, the classification of fundamental particles and the means by which they interact. The syllabus includes: nuclear sizes, binding energy, spin dependence of the strong nuclear force; radioactivity, the semi-empirical mass formula; nuclear stability, the shell model, magic numbers; spin-orbit coupling; energetics of betadecay, alpha-decay and spontaneous fission; nuclear reactions, resonances; fission; electroweak and colour interactions, classification of particles as intermediate bosons, leptons or hadrons. Standard model of leptons and quarks, and ideas that go beyond the standard model. The second aim of this module is to develop research skills, and oral and written communication skills in science. Participants will be given training in the use of bibliographic databases, use of the scientific literature, oral and written communication skills, and will develop these skills through structured assignments.
Pre-requisite(s): In taking this module you must have gained entry to bsc honours in philosophy and physics or computer science and physics or mathematics and physics or theoretical physics and mathematics. Before taking this module you must pass PH3061 and pass PH3062
Anti-requisite(s): You cannot take this module if you take PH4022 or take PH3014 or take PH4041
Weekly contact: 3 x lectures (x 7 weeks) plus 6 further lectures, 4 tutorials, 1 workshop and 2 hours of giving and evaluating tasks.
Scheduled learning hours: 34
Guided independent study hours: 116
As used by St Andrews: 2-hour Written Examination = 60%, Coursework = 40%
As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 60%
Practical examinations : 7%
Re-assessment: Oral Re-assessment, capped at grade 7
Please see also the information in the School¿s Handbook for Honours modules available via https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/physics/staff_students/timetables.php
This link also gives access to timetables for the modules.
Module coordinator: Dr A Kohnle
Module teaching staff: Dr A Kohnle, Dr B Sinclair