The University of Iowa
The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Department of Physics and Astronomy

29::192     Elementary Particles and Nuclear Physics

Spring  Semester 2010

Instructor: Prof. Yannick Meurice


Prof. Yannick Meurice

Course Content

This course  will start with an introduction to general tools used do deal with elementary (quarks, lepton and gauge bosons) and composite (mesons, nucleons and nuclei) particles: relativistic kinematics, local and global symmetries, bound states and Feynman diagrams. The course will then focus on the standard model of
electroweak and strong interactions. Selected topics in particle astrophysics will be discussed. An important
goal of the class is to learn how to use the information available in the  Particle Data Group.
Prerequisite:  29:140


Main textbooks:  D. Griffiths, Introduction to Elementary Particles, 2008, Wiley-VCH, Second, Revised Edition (required) and T. Gaisser, Cosmic Rays and Particle Physics, 1990, Cambridge (recommended).

Other references: D. Perkins, Introduction to High-Energy Physics, 2000, Cambridge; F. Halzen and A. D. Martin, Quarks and Leptons, 1980, Wiley; C. Quigg, Gauge Theories of the Strong, Weak and Electromagnetic Interactions, 1997, Addison-Wesley. Reference on Quantum Field Theory: M. Peskin and D. Schroeder, An Introduction to Quantum Field Theory, 1995, Perseus Books (this books contains material not covered in class and also an excellent bibliography on field theory and particle physics related textbooks).


Reading assignments and  problem sets will be provided each Wednesday. They will be posted at  These assignments must be completed individually (see note on plagiarism below).  They are due on the Tuesday after they are assigned. No late work. The two worse  homework grades will be droped from the average. 

Examinations and Final Grade

The final grade will be based on the homework assignements (30 percent), two midterms (40 percent) and a final (30 percent). 2:15 P.M.    The final will be on Monday, May 10 2010 (see final exam schedule).
Tentative dates for the midterms are March 10 and April 21.

Class Attendance

Attendance at lectures is strongly encouraged.
You are strongly encouraged to ask questions during the lectures. There are no ``stupid questions''.


The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Policies and Procedures

Administrative Home
The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is the administrative home of this course and governs matters such as the add/drop deadlines, the second-grade-only option, and other related issues. Different colleges may have different policies. Questions may be addressed to 120 Schaeffer Hall or see the CLAS Academic Handbook.



Electronic Communication
University policy specifies that students are responsible for all official correspondences sent to their standard University of Iowa e-mail address ( Students should check their account frequently. (Operations Manual, III.II.15. 2. k.11.)

Academic Fraud
Plagiarism and any other activities when students present work that is not their own are academic fraud and are considered by the College to be a very serious matter. Academic fraud is reported by the instructor to the departmental DEO who enforces the departmental consequences. The Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs and Curriculum is also informed. The Associate Dean enforces collegiate consequences which may included suspension or expulsion. See the CLAS Academic Handbook.

Making a Suggestion or a Complaint
Students with a suggestion or complaint should first visit the instructor, then the course supervisor and the departmental Associate chair. Paul Kleiber. Complaints must be made within six months of the incident. See the CLAS Academic Handbook.  

Accommodations for Disabilities
A student seeking academic accommodations should register with Student Disability Services and meet privately with the course instructor to make particular arrangements. For more information, visit this site.

Understanding Sexual Harassment
Sexual harassment subverts the mission of the University and threatens the well-being of students, faculty, and staff. All members of the UI community have a responsibility to uphold this mission and to contribute to a safe environment that enhances learning. Incidents of sexual harassment should be reported immediately. See the UI Comprehensive Guide on Sexual Harassment at for assistance, definitions, and the full University policy.

Reacting Safely to Severe Weather
In severe weather, the class members should seek shelter in the innermost part of the building, if possible at the lowest level, staying clear of windows and free-standing expanses. The class will continue if possible when the event is over. (Operations Manual, IV. 16.14. Scroll down to sections e and i for severe weather information.)

*The CLAS policy statements have been summarized from the web pages of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.