PHYS310-19S1 (C) Semester One 2019

Thermal, Statistical and Particle Physics

15 points
18 Feb 2019 - 23 Jun 2019

Description

Development of statistical mechanics from thermodynamic principals. Entropy interpreted from both the thermodynamic and statistical viewpoint. Applications in nuclear and particle physics including radioactivity.

This course provides an introduction to the study of the physical properties of matter. It integrates the study of thermal properties of matter in bulk (thermodynamics) with the molecular/atomic approach (statistical physics). The particle physics is further extended to subatomic scales with an introduction to the phenomenology of nuclear structure, radiation processes and the standard model of particle interactions.

Learning Outcomes

Please consult the document General Information for Physics and Astronomy Students on the Physics and Astronomy Web Page:
http://www.phys.canterbury.ac.nz/courses/
specifically:
http://www.phys.canterbury.ac.nz/courses/general.pdf

Pre-requisites

(1) PHYS203; (2) MATH103 or EMTH119 or MATH201. RP: MATH201

Restrictions

PHYS204, PHYS440

Recommended Preparation

Timetable 2019

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 12:00 - 13:00 Ernest Rutherford 465 (9/5-30/5)
West 701 (21/2-4/4, 2/5)
18 Feb - 7 Apr
29 Apr - 2 Jun
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 10:00 - 11:00 West 701 18 Feb - 7 Apr
29 Apr - 2 Jun
Lecture C
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 10:00 - 11:00 E14 Lecture Theatre (8/5-29/5)
West 701 (20/2-3/4, 1/5)
18 Feb - 7 Apr
29 Apr - 2 Jun

Examination and Formal Tests

Test A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 17:30 - 18:30 West 212 25 Mar - 31 Mar
02 Wednesday 17:30 - 18:30 West 213A 25 Mar - 31 Mar
03 Wednesday 17:30 - 18:30 West 214 25 Mar - 31 Mar
Test B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 17:30 - 18:30 West 212 6 May - 12 May
02 Wednesday 17:30 - 18:30 West 213A 6 May - 12 May
03 Wednesday 17:30 - 18:30 West 214 6 May - 12 May

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Roger Reeves (Physics & Astronomy)

Lecturer

Chris Gordon

Assessment

Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Homework Assignments to be handed in every Monday from the second week
Test 1 On Thermodynamics
Test 2 On Statisticl Physics Section
Test 3


There is NO FINAL EXAM for PHYS310/440

The THREE sections of PHYS310/440 will be assessed independently in the form of tests and homework with equal proportion between sections.

Textbooks / Resources

Required Texts

Serway, RA; Moses, CJ; Moyer, CA; Modern Physics; 3rd;

Recommended Reading

Frauenfelder, Hans; Nuclear and particle physics (1975); 1975.

Karl Heinrich Lieser; Nuclear and radiochemistry: fundamentals and applications (1997); 1997.

Martin and Shaw; Particle physics; 1997.

Parker, Sybil P; Nuclear and Particle Physics Source Book (1988); 1988.

Riedi, PC; Thermal Physics: an introduction to thermodynamics Statistical mechanics, and kinetic theory; 1988.

Sears and Salinger; Thermodynamics, kinetic theory, and statistical thermodynamics; 1975.

Sprackling M; Thermal Physics; 1991.

Williams; Nuclear and Particle Physics; 1991.

Course links

Course and content information (182KB)

Additional Course Outline Information

Academic integrity

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $883.00

International fee $4,000.00

* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.

Minimum enrolments

This course will not be offered if fewer than 10 people apply to enrol.

For further information see School of Physical & Chemical Sciences on the department and colleges page.

All PHYS310 Occurrences

  • PHYS310-19S1 (C) Semester One 2019