PHYS310-21S1 (C) Semester One 2021

Thermal, Statistical and Particle Physics

15 points

Details:
Start Date: Monday, 22 February 2021
End Date: Sunday, 27 June 2021
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 7 March 2021
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 14 May 2021

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 2021

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 10:00 - 11:00 Meremere 105 Lecture Theatre
22 Feb - 4 Apr
3 May - 6 Jun
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 16:00 - 17:00 James Logie 104
22 Feb - 4 Apr
26 Apr - 6 Jun
Tutorial A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 15:00 - 16:00 Rehua 528 (25/2-25/3, 29/4-13/5, 27/5-3/6)
Rehua 003 Music (20/5)
22 Feb - 28 Mar
26 Apr - 6 Jun

Examination and Formal Tests

Test A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 15:00 - 16:00 E5 Lecture Theatre
29 Mar - 4 Apr
Test B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 17:00 - 18:00 E5 Lecture Theatre
17 May - 23 May

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Roger Reeves

Lecturer

Chris Gordon

Assessment

Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Homework Assignments 25%
Test 1 25% On Thermodynamics
Test 2 25% On Statistical Physics Section
Test 3 25%


NOTE - NEW ASSESSMENT GUIDELINES

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.  Homework is worth 24% and Tests 75%.

Textbooks / Resources

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.

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

Sprackling M; Thermal Physics ; 1991.

Thornton, Stephen T. , Rex, Andrew F; Modern physics for scientists and engineers ; 4th ed., International ed; Brooks/Cole Cengage Learning, 2013.

Williams; Nuclear and Particle Physics ; 1991.

Additional Course Outline Information

Academic integrity

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $910.00

International fee $4,438.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, 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

  • PHYS310-21S1 (C) Semester One 2021