Scheduled Time & Place: 9:05-10:05 M W F, 1308BPS
Office: 223 Cyclotron
Phone: 333-6330 (5-9672 x. 330 from campus)
Office Hours: 11:20-12:10 M W (or by appointment)
Required: W. S. C. Williams, Nuclear and Particle
(Oxford University Press)
On reserve in Physics Library:
K. K. Krane, Introductory Nuclear Physics
H. Frauenfelder and E. M. Henley, Subatomic Physics
D. H. Perkins, Introduction to High Energy Physics
R. N. Cahn and G. Goldhaber, The Experimental Foundations of High-Energy Physics
CRC Handbook of Physics and Chemistry
Grading (approximate): Homework - 30%, Recitations -
30%, Term Paper - 40%
Average time spent per week on the course
is expected at
Class - 3h, Reading - 3h, Homework - 4h.
Lectures - M W, Recitations - F
Students will be assigned presentations of solutions to homework problems at the recitation sessions. These presentations replace exams and quizzes. The recitation sessions are not optional!
Physics 492 is supposed to fulfill the Tier II writing requirement for physics majors. Therefore a term paper is assigned. The paper should be 20-30 pages long and include equations and figures. It will be graded on style and grammar as well as content and presentation. The paper should be on a topic from nuclear or particle physics, at the level of a Scientific American article, scientifically literate but not too technical.
The first step is to choose a topic for your paper. The topic should not be too narrow, but not too broad either. E.g. you should not embark on presenting the history of nuclear and/or particle physics. If you already have a topic of interest for you in nuclear or high-energy physics, you may choose it. Otherwise, you should search for a topic that would interest you. The possible sources include: the textbook, the books on reserve, other books and articles that you can find using the library's on-line searches (such as Web of Science and INSPEC, besides the plain Magic), Annual Review of Nuclear and Particle Science. The last days of classes will be devoted to the presentation of the term papers.
Tentative Schedule for Term Paper:
|Feb. 9, Mon||Topic w/brief description of planned content|
|Mar. 1, Mon||Outline, list of research to be done|
|Mar. 17, Wed||Progress report|
|Apr. 7, Wed||First draft|
|Apr. 23, Fri||Final paper|
|Apr. 23(?)-30||Paper presentation|
Please note: During the exam week, we meet on Thursday, May 6, 7:45-9:45am, in our regular classroom.