# Introduction Relativity Theory & Elementary Particles

Course Code : | 1001WETIRE |

Study domain: | Physics |

Academic year: | 2017-2018 |

Semester: | 1st semester |

Sequentiality: | Physics: credit for General physics I & II, Math. methods for Physics I & II, Intro. analytical mechanics and enrolled for Gen.physics III and Intro. quantum mechanics. Mathematics: min. 8/20 Gen. physics I and Intro. analytical mechanics. |

Contact hours: | 30 |

Credits: | 3 |

Study load (hours): | 84 |

Contract restrictions: | No contract restriction |

Language of instruction: | Dutch |

Exam period: | exam in the 1st semester |

Lecturer(s) | Pierre Van Mechelen |

### 1. Prerequisites *

an active knowledge of

- Dutch

- general knowledge of the use of a PC and the Internet

specific prerequisites for this course

The student should be familiar with elementary geometry (co-ordinate frames and transformations, vector calculus, etc.) and classical (non-relativistic) mechanics. Knowledge of basic quantum mechanics is also required.

### 2. Learning outcomes *

- familiarise yourself with the experimental and theoretical developments that happened prior to the formulation of special relativity
- give insight in the consequences of Einstein's postulates
- familiarise yourself with the geometrical basis of relativity
- give training in solving problems in relativistic kinematics
- give training in the description of particle collisions
- familiarise yourself with the most important techniques used in accelerators

### 3. Course contents *

The course starts with an overview of the problems in fundamental physics that led Einstein to his famous postulates. We will then investigate the consequences of these postulates for space-time geometry, causality and mechanics.

In a second part we treat the interaction of particles with matter. This knowledge is then applied to the description of particle accelerators and particle detectors. Finally we describe the properties of particle collisions and give an overview of the fundamental particles and their interactions.

This course contains the following chapters:

- Space-time geometry;
- Einstein's postulates;
- Relativistic mechanic;
- Particle accelerators;
- Particle collisions.

### 4 International dimension*

The course has an international dimension.

An excursion to CERN will be organized for bachelor students of physics every other year.

### 5. Teaching method and planned learning activities

Personal work

Excursions

### 6. Assessment method and criteria

### 7. Study material *

#### 7.1 Required reading

A syllabus and exercises are available.

**7.2 Optional reading**

The following study material can be studied voluntarily :- P. M. Schwarz and J. H. Scharwz,
*"Special Relativity: From Einstein to Strings"*, Cambridge University Press - D. H. Perkins,
*"Introduction to High Energy Physics"*, 4^{th}edition (2000), Cambridge University Press - T. Takeuchi, "An illustrated guide to relativity", 2010, Cambridge University Press

### 8. Contact information *

Prof. Pierre Van Mechelen

Pierre.VanMechelen@ua.ac.be