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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.
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
(1) PHYS203; (2) MATH103 or EMTH119 or MATH201. RP: MATH201
NOTE - NEW ASSESSMENT GUIDELINESThere is NO FINAL EXAM for PHYS310/440The THREE sections of PHYS310/440 will be assessed independently in the form of tests and homework. Homework is worth 24% and Tests 75%.
Nuclear and particle physics (1975)
Karl Heinrich Lieser;
Nuclear and radiochemistry: fundamentals and applications (1997)
Kenneth S. Krane, Halliday, David;
Introductory nuclear physics
New York : Wiley, c1987, 1987.
Martin and Shaw;
Parker, Sybil P;
Nuclear and Particle Physics Source Book (1988)
Thermal Physics: an introduction to thermodynamics Statistical mechanics, and kinetic theory
Sears and Salinger;
Thermodynamics, kinetic theory, and statistical thermodynamics
Serway, RA; Moses, CJ; Moyer, CA;
Thornton, Stephen T. , Rex, Andrew F;
Modern physics for scientists and engineers
4th ed., International ed;
Brooks/Cole Cengage Learning, 2013.
Nuclear and Particle Physics
General Course Information (PDF 163KB)
Domestic fee $951.00
International fee $4,750.00
* 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.
This course will not be offered if fewer than 10 people apply to enrol.
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