FYS3500 – Introduction to Nuclear and Particle Physics
Changes in the course due to coronavirus
Autumn 2020 we plan for teaching and examinations to be conducted as described in the course description and on semester pages. However, changes may occur due to the corona situation. You will receive notifications about any changes at the semester page and/or in Canvas.
Spring 2020: Teaching and examinations was digitilized. See changes and common guidelines for exams at the MN faculty spring 2020.
The course is an introduction to nuclear and particle physics, from the universe´s elementary particles and the forces that act between them, to the quantum structure of systems composed of elementary particles. Weight is given to current challenges and new results from cutting-edge research.
After this course:
- you can apply fundamental conservation laws and symmetries to judge the viability of production and decay processes for nuclei and elementary particles.
- you have insight into the interplay between theory, models, and data from modern experiments and into how the major open questions are being addressed.
- you have a basic understanding of nuclear properties and models that describe the quantum structure, decay, and reactions of nuclei.
- you have basic knowledge about the Standard Model of elementary particles and interactions (including the role of the Higgs boson).
- you have basic knowledge about the quark-gluon plasma (the universe´s matter content and state right after the Big Bang).
- you know about the roles of nuclear and particle physics in energy production, medicine, and astrophysics - for example how to search for dark matter and how to understand the origin of the elements in the universe.
Admission to the course
Students who are admitted to study programmes at UiO must each semester register which courses and exams they wish to sign up for in Studentweb.
If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures.
This course is only for students admitted to the programs Physics and Astronomy, or Physics, Astronomy and Meteorology.
Special admission requirements
In addition to fulfilling the Higher Education Entrance Qualification, applicants have to meet the following special admission requirements:
- Mathematics R1 (or Mathematics S1 and S2) + R2
And in addition one of these:
- Physics (1+2)
- Chemistry (1+2)
- Biology (1+2)
- Information technology (1+2)
- Geosciences (1+2)
- Technology and theories of research (1+2)
The special admission requirements may also be covered by equivalent studies from Norwegian upper secondary school or by other equivalent studies (in Norwegian).
Recommended previous knowledge
- FYS-MEK1110 – Mechanics
- FYS1120 – Electromagnetism
- FYS2130 – Oscillations and Waves
- FYS2140 – Quantum Physics
- FYS2160 – Thermodynamics and Statistical Physics
- FYS3110 – Quantum Mechanics
- 5 credits overlap with FYS3510 – Subatomic physics with applications in astrophysics (discontinued).
- 5 credits overlap with FYS3520 – Nuclear physics, structure and spectroscopy (discontinued).
The first lecture is mandatory. If you are unable to attend, the Department of Physics has to be informed no later than the same day (e-mail email@example.com), or else you will lose your place in the course.
Four hours of lectures per week, a total of 60 hours.
Regulations for mandatory assignments can be found here.
As the teaching involves laboratory and/or field work, you should consider taking out a separate travel and personal risk insurance. Read about your insurance cover as a student.
A home examination mid semester counts 25% of final grade. The home examination must be passed in order to qualify for the final exam.
The final written exam (4 hours) counts 75% of the final grade.
Examination support material
Language of examination
The examination text is given in Norwegian. If the course is taught in English, the examination text will only be given in English. You may answer in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.
Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.
Resit an examination
Students who can document a valid reason for absence from the regular examination are offered a postponed examination at the beginning of the next semester.
Re-scheduled examinations are not offered to students who withdraw during, or did not pass the original examination.