Lecture

Date

Topic(s)

Text
(ch) 
Problem
sets
assigned/due 
1

01/20

Motivation


none/none

2

01/25

Overview

1

none/none

3

01/27


A, 5

none/none

4

02/01


A


5

02/03


5

none/none

6

02/08


C, 10


7

02/10

Symmetries and Conservation laws: Part 3 of 3
Lagrangian Density, Field Equations, and Conserved Currents 

none/none

8

02/15

Quantum Electrodynamics: Part 1 of 2
The Dirac Equation, Dirac spinors, gamma matrices, trace theorems 


9

02/17

Quantum Electrodynamics: Part 2 of 2
The Lagrangian for a spin1/2 field, explicit plane wave solutions, massless fermions 

none/none


02/22

No lecture (instructor away)




02/24

No lecture (instructor away)



10

03/01

Decay widths and scattering cross sections
Physical meaning and calculation of widths and cross sections using the "Golden rule"s, Feynman rules for caltulating the amplitude 
B

none/HW3

11

03/03

Electromagnetic Scattering
Calculation of electronmuon scattering, e+e > mu+ mu total cross sections 

none/none


03/08

No lecture (spring break)


none/none


03/10

No lecture (spring break)
Trip to Fermilab


none/none

12

03/15

Gauge theories in particle physics: Part 1 of 2
Gauge invariance in quantum theory, the covariant derivative, strong isospin 
C


13

03/17



none/none


03/22

Midterm Exam (no lecture)


none/HW4
