Particle Physics and Quantum Phenomena

Particle Physics is very much in the news as I write this.  The big story is that data suggest that neutrinos are travelling fractionally faster than the speed of light.  This has rather put the cat among the pigeons, making physicists question Einstein's Theory of Relativity.  Professor Jim Al-Khalili is some what sceptical; he has announced that if the result is correct, he will eat his boxer shorts on television.

The photoelectric effect did exactly the same to Physics one hundred years ago; light was a wave and that was that.  Or was it?

Quantum Physics explains many things that Classical Physics cannot.  Many everyday electronic devices depend on quantum physics, e.g. charge-coupled devices in a digital camera, or the light emitting diode.

Particle Physics continues to capture the imagination.

1. Particles and Radiation
Tutorial 1 Atomic Structure Full Page

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Tutorial 2 Stable and Unstable Nuclei Full Page

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Tutorial 3 Electromagnetic Radiation Full Page

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Tutorial 4 Particle Accelerators Full Page

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Tutorial 5 Fundamental Forces Full Page

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Tutorial 6 Particles and Anti-Particles Full Page

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Tutorial 7 Particle Classification (Leptons) Full Page

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Tutorial 8 Particle Classification (Quarks) Full Page Go
Tutorial 9 Particle Classification (Mesons) Full Page Go
Tutorial 10 Particle Classification (Baryons) Full Page Go
Tutorial 11 Particle Interactions Full Page Go
Tutorial 12 Exchange Particles Full Page Go

2. Electromagnetic Radiation and Quantum Phenomena

Tutorial 1

Evidence for Light as a Photon

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Tutorial 2

Photo-electric Effect

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Tutorial 3

Collisions of Electrons with Atoms

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Tutorial 4

Energy Levels in Atoms

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Tutorial 5

Fluorescence

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Tutorial 6

Wave Particle Duality

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AS Data Sheet (.pdf file).  Click on the PDF icon.  Download it, print it off, and use it whenever you do a test. 

It will also make very good lavatory reading.  Knowing where a formula can be found will help you no end in the exam.

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