Course Name Code Semester T+U Hours Credit ECTS
Elementary Particle Physics FIZ 435 7 3 + 0 3 5
Precondition Courses None
Recommended Optional Courses
Course Language Turkish
Course Level Bachelor's Degree
Course Type Optional
Course Coordinator Prof.Dr. MEHMET BEKTAŞOĞLU
Course Lecturers Prof.Dr. MEHMET BEKTAŞOĞLU,
Course Assistants Teaching Assistants in the Physics Department
Course Category
Course Objective To help students gain knowledge about the elementary particles and their interactions.
Course Content The Photon, Mesons, Antiparticles, Neutrinos, Strange Particles, Quark Model, Eightfold Way, Intermediate Vector Bosons, The Standard Model, Four Forces, QED, QCD, Weak Interactions, Decays and Conservation Laws, Unification Schemes.
# Course Learning Outcomes Teaching Methods Assessment Methods
1 Grasps the photon’s role of being a mediator. Lecture, Question-Answer, Discussion, Testing, Homework,
2 Distinguishes virtual particles from the real ones in any given Feynman diagram. Lecture, Question-Answer, Discussion, Testing, Homework,
3 Identifies the type of force acting, and the mediator particle in any given Feynman diagram. Lecture, Question-Answer, Discussion, Testing, Homework,
4 Identifies the level of the diagram (tree- loop level) in any given Feynman diagram. Lecture, Question-Answer, Discussion, Testing, Homework,
5 Classifies the elementary particles according to their properties. (Leptons, Bosons, Quarks etc.) Lecture, Question-Answer, Discussion, Testing, Homework,
6 Compares among the four fundamental forces. Lecture, Question-Answer, Discussion, Testing, Homework,
7 Identifies force(s) that can act on any given particle. Lecture, Question-Answer, Discussion, Testing, Homework,
Week Course Topics Preliminary Preparation
1 The Classical Era, The Photon [1] pp 11-16
2 Mesons, Antiparticles [1] pp 17-22
3 Neutrinos [1] pp 23-27
4 Strange Particles [1] pp 28-32
5 The Eightfold Way [1] pp 33-36
6 The Quark Model [1] pp 37-43
7 Intermediate Vector Bosons, The Standard Model [1] pp 44-48
8 The Four Forces, Quantum Electrodynamics (QED) [1] pp 55-59
9 Midterm Exam
10 Quantum Chromodynamics (QCD) [1] pp 60-64
11 Weak Interactions, Decays [1] pp 65-71
12 Conservation Laws [1] pp 72-75
13 Unification Schemes [1] pp 76-78
14 Recitation
Course Notes [1] Griffiths D., Introduction to Elementary Particles, Second Edition, John Wiley & Sons, Second Revised Edition, 2008.<br>[2] Perkins D. H., Introduction to High Energy Physics, Third Edition, Addison-Wesley, 1987.
Course Resources [3] Lecture Notes.
[4] Povh B. et al., Particles and Nuclei Springer1995.
Order Program Outcomes Level of Contribution
1 2 3 4 5
1 Having enough background in engineering topics related to mathematics, science and their fields. Skill of using theoretical and applied knowledge with engineering solutions in the field, X
2 Identifing, determining, formulating and solving engineering problems. With this purpose choosing and applying analytical methods and modelling techniques, X
3 To analyze a system, a part of a system or a process itself and the skill of design under the given constrains in order to fulfill the specifications. In that direction, the skill of applying modern design techniques X
4 Skill of choosing and applying the modern techniques and vehicles needed by the engineering applications. Skill of using the information technology effectively. X
5 Skill of designing and performing an experiment, data acquisition, analyzing and interpreting results, X
6 Ability of accessing information and doing research. Skill of using databases and other information sources. X
7 Effective working ability both as an individual and as a part of a multi-disciplinary team, self-esteem on taking responsibility, X
8 Ability to make oral or written communication in Turkish. At least one foreign language knowledge, X
9 Consciousness of the necessity of the life time learning, following the developments in science and technology and ability of ones’ continous self renewal. X
10 Consciousness of occupational and ethical responsability, X
11 Consciousness on the subjects of project management, field applications, employees health, environment and work safety; awareness on legal consequences of engineering applications, X
Evaluation System
Semester Studies Contribution Rate
1. Ara Sınav 70
1. Kısa Sınav 10
2. Kısa Sınav 10
1. Ödev 10
Total 100
1. Yıl İçinin Başarıya 60
1. Final 40
Total 100
ECTS - Workload Activity Quantity Time (Hours) Total Workload (Hours)
Course Duration (Including the exam week: 16x Total course hours) 16 3 48
Hours for off-the-classroom study (Pre-study, practice) 16 2 32
Mid-terms 1 7 7
Quiz 2 5 10
Assignment 1 5 5
Final examination 1 20 20
Total Workload 122
Total Workload / 25 (Hours) 4.88
dersAKTSKredisi 5