INTRODUCTION TO THE PHYSICS OF MATTER (UNIT 1)
Learning outcomes of the course unit
The aims of Introduction to the Physics of Matter I (IPM-I) are: to provide the phenomenological introduction and the simplest semiclassical models for the description of nuclei and elementary particles; to discuss selected examples from the periodic table of elements from a wave mechanics point of view; to illustrate the spectroscopic properties of atoms. The principles are presented in an operative form, to allow the student to apply them in the solution of simple problems.
The course takes place in parallel with Introduction to Quantum Mechanics (IQM). The first two thirds of the course requires knowledge of the contents of Physics 1, 2 and 3. The last part applies concets and technical abilities developed in IMQ.
Course contents summary
Introduction to the physics of nuclei, elementary particles and atoms.
Alonso-Finn Fundamental Physics Vol III, Addison-Wesley Pu, 1968 Chapters 7-8-9 e 3-4, in this order.
Alternatively Eisberg-Resnick, Wiley, Chapt. 15, 16, 17, 7, 8, 9, 10 in this order.
Chapter I of D. Griffith, Introduction to Elementary Particle Physics, Wiley, New York, 1987.
Selected parts of Christopher J Foot. Atomic Physics, Oxford Master Series, Oxford UP 2005
Lectures, tutoring sessions, homeworks.
Solving elementary problems clarifies the understanding of the basic concepts.
Assessment methods and criteria
Homework correction, plus an intermediate and a final paper.
These three modes are equally weighted in the marks of part I. Marks are then averaged with those of IPM-II. Failed partials may be completed by a final oral examination.