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Particle Physics: an Introduction

University of Geneva via Coursera

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  • Provider Coursera
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  • Language English
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  • Duration 8 weeks long

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This course introduces you to subatomic physics, i.e. the physics of nuclei and particles.

More specifically, the following questions are addressed:
- What are the concepts of particle physics and how are they implemented?
- What are the properties of atomic nuclei and how can one use them?
- How does one accelerate and detect particles and measure their properties?
- What does one learn from particle reactions at high energies and particle decays?
- How do electromagnetic interactions work and how can one use them?
- How do strong interactions work and why are they difficult to understand?
- How do weak interactions work and why are they so special?
- What is the mass of objects at the subatomic level and how does the Higgs boson intervene?
- How does one search for new phenomena beyond the known ones?
- What can one learn from particle physics concerning astrophysics and the Universe as a whole?

The course is structured in eight modules. Following the first one which introduces our subject, the modules 2 (nuclear physics)
and 3 (accelerators and detectors) are rather self contained and can be studied separately. The modules 4 to 6 go into more depth about matter and forces as described by the standard model of particle physics. Module 7 deals with our ways to search for new phenomena. And the last module introduces you to two mysterious components of the Universe, namely Dark Matter and Dark Energy.

Taught by

Martin Pohl, Mercedes Paniccia and Anna Sfyrla

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Dale G
4.0 3 weeks ago
Dale completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
4.0 to 4.5 stars. Well I was initially intimidated with all the equations being presented, not having any physics experience beyond 4 years of college. But hardly any of that mattered for me fortunately. I thought that they were trying to cater to as wide an audience as possible, without becoming computational. However, I got the distinct impression from the course that the standard model of particle physics had virtually all the nails hammered away into the coffin. It seemed nice to know that their understanding was so "complete". Anyway, the course was great as it touched upon most of …
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