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PHYS 226 A: Particles and Symmetries

Meeting Time: 
TTh 11:30am - 12:50pm
PAA A118
Alejandro Garcia

Syllabus Description:

Prof. Alejandro Garcia (


Office hours by TAs and Professor:

Garcia: Tuesdays*, 12:50-13:50, at office C509 in PAB;

Bednarke: Tuesdays, 3-4PM at study center.

Lombard: Tuesdays, 4-5PM at study center.

Tan: Wednesdays, 3-4PM at study center.

Walsh: Wednesdays, 4-5PM at study center.

Xiao: Wednesdays, 5:30-6:30PM at study center.


*Garcia also available by appointment (C509) and usually for 15 minutes after Thursday lectures.


T-Th 11:30-12:50

PAB: A118











Welcome to PHYS 226 (Spring 2018). This course aims to introduce you to the wonderful world of nuclear and particle physics and to provide you with some of the tools needed to understand and analyze the dynamics and decays of relativistic particles. Three major tools are (i) facility with special relativity, (ii) determining the consequences of symmetries and (iii) making order-of-magnitude estimates.

You are assumed to have a working knowledge of the material covered in Elementary Mathematical Physics part 1 (PHYS 227) and introductory Quantum Mechanics (PHYS 225). These are the prerequisites for this course.

For information about texts, homeworks, exams and grading see COURSE INFORMATION (which is also on the "Pages" link).

For useful links and latest news on particle physics see USEFUL LINKS & IN THE NEWS. Please email suggestions.

Here is the the tentative schedule. Reading for each lecture is noted---class quizzes may assume this reading. HWs are due on Thursdays by the end of class.

Catalog Description: 
Introduction to the fundamental constituents of matter and the symmetries which characterize their interactions. Topics include special relativity; strong, weak, and electromagnetic interactions; quarks and leptons; baryons and mesons; and neutrinos and nuclei. Prerequisite: minimum grade of 2.0 in PHYS 225 and PHYS 227 Offered: Sp.
GE Requirements: 
Natural World (NW)
Section Type: 
Last updated: 
October 17, 2018 - 9:41pm