PHY3024 : Atoms, Molecules, Nuclei, Particles
- Offered for Year: 2019/20
- Module Leader(s): Dr Angela Dyson
- Owning School: Mathematics, Statistics and Physics
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
|Semester 2 Credit Value:||10|
To present the quantum theory of atoms including spin, fine structure and many electron atoms
To present the quantum theory of molecules, including a quantum treatment of their binding, electronic structure, rotation, vibration and spectroscopy.
To present a treatment of the structure of the nucleus, its binding and treatments of decay.
To present an overview of elementary particle physics, their classification and interactions.
Outline Of Syllabus
Spin, Pauli Principle, multiplets, fine structure; Zeeman effect; LS and JJ coupling.
Molecular Hamiltonian, Born Oppenheimer approximation, electronic structure: bonding
Vibration and rotation: harmonic motion and beyond, rigid rotator and energy levels.
Spectroscopy: microwave, infrared optical spectra. Selection rules, Franck-Condon principle.
Nuclear masses and binding energies; models of the nucleus, theories of radioactive decay, fission and fusion nuclear power.
Elementary particles, relativity and antiparticles, Feynman diagrams, particle exchange and interaction, the Standard model
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||6||5:00||30:00||Problem solving sheet|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||24||0:30||12:00||Revision for final exam|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||1:30||1:30||Final Exam|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||4||1:00||4:00||In class tutorials|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||20||1:00||20:00||Formal Lectures|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Drop-in/surgery||12||0:10||2:00||Office hours|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||1||30:30||30:30||Reviewing lecture notes; background reading; tutorial sheets|
Teaching Rationale And Relationship
Lectures provide core material and guidance for further reading, problem solving practice is provided through tutorials and continually assessed exercises.
Office hours (two per week) will provide an opportunity for more direct contact between individual students and the lecturer: a typical student might spend a total of one or two hours over the course of the module, either individually or as part of a group.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Prob solv exercises||2||M||10||1 problem sheet worth 10%|
Assessment Rationale And Relationship
The examination provides the opportunity for the student to demonstrate their understanding of the course material. The problem solving aspects of the assessment enable students to demonstrate that they are able to apply this understanding and their analysis and synthesis skills to novel situations. Problems are set and assessed during the module to enhance the understanding of the material and nurture the progressive acquisition of skills in solving illustrative problems.