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PHYS 316 : Course Syllabus

Course Faculty

Name E-mail Phone Office
Course Leader: Craig J Copi cjc5 368-8831 Rock 210

Office Hours

I am around most afternoons. The best way to make sure I'm around is to email me with a time you would like to talk. I will explicitly try to be around MWF 3:00-5:00 if you want to just stop by my office.



There is one required texts for the course:

Griffiths, Introduction to Elementary Particles, 2nd ed. (ISBN: 987-3-527-40601-2).


The Review of Particle Physics. This is a free publication by the particle data group. The web site can be used to find a lot of information on fundamental particles and we will read some sections of it.

In the past I have required students to get a copy of the small, pocket sized book. Having your own hardcopy is beneficial. However, it seems that using the online version is preferred by most students. Due to this it will not be required to have a hard copy. You will, however, be required to use the information from the website throughout the semester. Regardless, you can still order a copy from the web site if desired. It comes in two forms, a large, complete volume and a small pocket sized version. The small version is fine. Actually, you do not need the latest version. If you find an older version around that will also be acceptable.

Suggested Reading

Galison, How Experiements End (ISBN: 978-0226279152). This book will not be used in the course and is not required. However, it is an interesting read. It is mostly historical but does contain real physics. It addresses the issue of how we come to build a believed standard model through the interplay of experiment and theory. It also discusses some of the issues in large experiments. The main examples in the book are cosmic rays and weak neutral currents (the latter of which we will study).

Lecture Times

The course meets MW, 12:45-2:00PM, ROCK 306.


The problem sets can be found elsewhere. There will be almost-weekly individual problem sets that will typically be due on Mondays. In doing problems, you are required to use good problem solving techniques.

Solutions must be turned in by the beginning of class, 12:45PM, on the day they are due.


There will be two exams in the course a midterm and a final exam. The midterm exam is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, 07 March 2018 in class.

The final exam is scheduled by the University for Wednesday, 09 May 2018, 8:00-11:00AM. All students must take the final exam to pass the course.

Research Paper

A major part of the course will involve an independent research paper you write. Paper details along with due dates will be specified when they become available.

Course Grading Scheme

Please check your grades online. If there are errors you must report them to me by the time of the final exam to get them corrected.

Problem Sets: 25%
Research Paper: 30%
Midterm Exam: 20%
Final Exam: 25%
Total 100%