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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: Thursdays*, 4:30-5:30 PM, at room C521 in PAB;

Joseph Merritt:  at room C521 in PAB, Thursdays 3:30-4:30 PM.

Christopher Munley: at room C521 in PAB, Fridays 1:30-2:30 PM.

Tanner Rase: at room C521 in PAB, Fridays 2:30-3:30 PM.


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


T-Th 11:30-12:50

PAA: A118











Welcome to PHYS 226 (Spring 2019). 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. Readings for each lecture are noted---class quizzes will assume these readings. HWs are due on Fridays by 5PM in the "Phys226 box" (near the Society of Physics Students Lounge, see photo and map at COURSE INFORMATION).

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 Sciences (NSc)
Section Type: 
Last updated: 
August 2, 2019 - 9:07pm