This course is an introduction to the physics of the smallest building blocks of matter. We will discuss developments in this field starting with early twentieth century research into the atom, the electron, and the photon, and continuing through the discovery, in the 1970s, of the standard model, which is the most numerically accurate scientific model humanity has ever produced. We will then move beyond the standard model to explore current research including neutrino physics and extreme high energy topics such as string theory. The course will have an experimental emphasis, and we will study in detail several particle physics experiments that changed what we know about the universe.
Particle PhysicsPhysical and Earth Science
at the time of application
on the first day of session
Completion of an algebra course, basic trigonometry, and completion of an introductory physics courses in mechanics.