Elementary Particles and Nuclear Physics
029:192. Spring 2003, 3 s.h.
Mary Reno

Sections covered by this syllabus

Type Sec. # Time & LocationInstructor
Sec 001 10:55-12:10
618 VAN
Mary Hall Reno
Course Description
This course covers accelerators, particle detectors, and passage of radiation through matter; nuclear structure and nuclear reactions; quark model of hadrons; strong, electromagnetic, and weak interactions of elementary particles; gauge theories and intermediate vector bosons; and unification of electromagnetic and weak interactions.

Prerequisites: 029:140

Course Timeline

  Day   Topic   Event
01/20 : holiday : Martin Luther King Day
02/27 : First Midterm : In Class
    04/10 : Second Midterm : In Class
    05/12 : Final Exam : 4:30 PM

Assigned Readings
D. J. Griffiths, Introduction to Elementary Particles

Supplemental Resources
Books on Reserve: D. Perkins, Introduction to high energy physics
C. Quigg, Gauge theories of strong, weak and electromagnetic interactions
F. Close, Introduction to quarks and partons
D.J. Griffiths, Introduction to elementary particles
W.S.C. Williams, Nuclear and particle physics
R.N. Cahn and G. Goldhaber, The experimental foundations of particle physics
F. Halzen and A.D. Martin, Quarks and leptons
V. Barger and R. Phillips, Collider physics
J. Bjorken and S. Drell, Relativistic quantum mechanics

You will be provided with a copy of the Particle Data Booklet by the Particle Data Group

Instructor Information

Mary Reno


  • Location: 515 VAN
    Hours: Tues, Thurs 9-10:45
    Phone: +1 319 335 1920


  • Physics & Astronomy
    University of Iowa
  • Location: 203 VAN
    Hours: M-F 8-5
    Phone: +1 319 335 1686

Course Information

Goals and Objectives

  • This course will focus on elementarty particle physics, with some topics in nuclear physics. By the end of the semester, students will be able to understand much of the material in the Particle Physics Booklet by the Particle Data Group.

Grade Composition

  • Attendance is not required, although it is highly recommended. The final grade will consist of 40% homework, and 20% for each exam. Plus/minus grading will be used.

Course Policies

Evaluation of Student Performance/Course Requirements

Make-up Exams


Accomodation of Students with Disabilities

Course Policies

Evaluation of Student Performance/Course Requirements
Homework will be assigned and collected weekly. It is expected that students will collaborate on homework problems, although the work submitted should be the students own work. There will be two in-class midterm exams and a final exam. The scheduled final exam period is 4:30 PM on Monday, May 12. The final exam will be comprehensive.

Policy on Make-up Exams
Makeup exams will be scheduled for students who miss an exam due to illness, religious obligations or other unavoidable cimcumstances or University activity. The student is advised to contact the professor before the exam is held. Only in exceptional cases will a makeup exam be arranged without prior notification.

Complaint Policy
If you feel that I have treated you unfairly or acted unprofessionally or otherwise failed to meet my responsibilities as an instructor, please bring the matter to my attention so that we can work together to resolve the problem. If you remain unsatisfied you may contact the chair of my department, [Prof. Thomas Boggess, 335-1689]. If your concerns have still not been resolved at that point, you may submit a written complaint to the Associate Dean for Academic Programs, 120 Schaeffer Hall (335-2633) (for undergraduates), the Graduate College, 205 Gilmore Hall, 335-2137 (for graduate students).

Policy on Accomodation of Students with Disabilities
I would like to hear from anyone who has a disability which may require some modification of seating, testing, or other class requirements so that appropriate arrangements may be made. Please talk with me after class or during my office hours.

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