COURSE GOALS: Acquiring of basic knowledge in nuclear and particle physics, experimental and theoretical aspects. Understanding of the experiments which led to the discovery of the atomic nucleus and which contribute to the determination of the properties of nuclei and nucleons. Ability to perform basic calculations. Understanding of basic properties of nuclei: mass, charge, size, stability. Understanding of possible applications of nuclear physics in other fields: astrophysics, energy, medicine. Acquiring of basic knowledge about the discoveries of elementary particles and their properties. Understanding of forces and interactions among elementary particles and basic qualitative understanding of their theoretical descriptions.
LEARNING OUTCOMES AT THE LEVEL OF THE PROGRAMME:
Upon completing the degree, students will be able to:
1. KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING
1.1. demonstrate a thorough knowledge and understanding of the fundamental laws of classical and modern physics
1.3. demonstrate a thorough knowledge and understanding of the most important physics theories (logical and mathematical structure, experimental support, described physical phenomena)
2. APPLYING KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING
2.1. identify and describe important aspects of a particular physical phenomenon or problem
2.4. recognize and follow the logic of arguments, evaluate the adequacy of arguments and construct well supported arguments
2.5. use mathematical methods to solve standard physics problems
4. COMMUNICATION SKILLS
4.2. present complex ideas clearly and concisely
5. LEARNING SKILLS
5.1. search for and use professional literature as well as any other sources of relevant information
LEARNING OUTCOMES SPECIFIC FOR THE COURSE:
Upon completing the course, students will be able to:
Qualitatively describe some basic nuclear states, properties and interactions. Qualitatively understand basic theoretical nuclear models and related experiments. Qualitatively describe types of elementary particles and their interactions. Understand important experimental discoveries in particle physics and theories that describe interactions and forces among elementary particles.
Collisions and cross section. The radioactive decay law. Types of nuclear decays. The nuclear binding energy. Nuclear fission. Size and shape of nuclei. Nuclear forces and potential. Nucleosynthesis. Kinematics of collisions and reactions. Accelerators and detectors. Hadrons. Leptons. Particles and antiparticles. Forces and interactions in elementary particle physics. Symmetries and conservation laws. Standard model.
REQUIREMENTS FOR STUDENTS:
Attending lectures, seminars and exercises.
GRADING AND ASSESSING THE WORK OF STUDENTS:
Written and oral exam.