Nuclear and Particle Physics with Advanced Skills
SCQF Level 10
Academic year(s): 2019-2020
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): You must have gained entry to honours in BSc Philosophy and Physics or BSc Computer Science and Physics or BSc Mathematics and Physics or MPhys Mathematics and Theoretical Physics.. 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
Module coordinator: Dr A Kohnle
Module teaching staff: Dr A Kohnle, Dr B Sinclair
To present an introductory account of nuclear physics and elementary particle physics, including
By the end of the module, students should have a comprehensive knowledge of the topics covered in the lectures and be able to
Students should also be able to search the scientific literature in an effective way, and find and analyse relevant information. They should be able to communicate complicated scientific topics in oral and written formats.
Additional information on continuous assessment etc
Please note that the definitive comments on continuous assessment will be communicated within the module. This section is intended to give an indication of the likely breakdown and timing of the continuous assessment.
This module is made up of learning opportunities from parts of first semester PH3014 and the latter ~2/3 of PH4041, i.e. the Nuclear and Particle sections
The continuous assessment is made up of 36% from the PH3014 component, and 4% from the PH4041 component. Thus the breakdown is
Nuclear and Particle Physics web quizzes that are due in in weeks 7, 8, 10, and 11 -- 4%
TSfP Compare two papers submission 6%
TSfP Compare two papers discussion 1.5%
TSfP talk 7%
TSfP input to peer review of article plan 2.0%
TSfP review article 19.5%
This module contains material that is or may be part of the IOP “Core of Physics”. This includes
Energy momentum relationship
Nuclear masses and binding energies
Radioactive decay, fission and fusion
Pauli exclusion principle, fermions, bosons, and elementary particles
Fundamental forces and the Standard Model
Please view University online record:
Please also read the general information in the School's honours handbook that is available via st-andrews.ac.uk/physics/staff_students/timetables.php.