PHYS T580: The Standard Model (2016)

Much of the work you've done in your previous physics courses have been based on the assumption that there is a more fundamental theory which ties everything together. The Standard Model is the best thing we have to describing all that there is in Nature. We will see where the fundamental forces come from, how they interact, how we predict particles, and ultimately how we might find a Grand Unified Theory.

This is a particularly exciting course for me. I first taught it two years ago, and there was no textbook that was just right for what I wanted to do. Instead, I wrote one. It's called The Standard Model in a Nutshell which will be published by Princeton University Press in short order. You'll be getting a copy of it for this class.

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Course Information

A complete discussion of course policies can be found in the
course syllabus (Current Version: 3/17/2016).

Prof. Dave Goldberg (
Office: Disque Hall Room 810
Phone: x2715
Office Hours: T 4:00-5:00, W 1:00-2:00, F 2:00-3:00, or by appointment in advance.

T,Th 9:30-11am, Disque 919


  • The Standard Model in a Nutshell by Dave Goldberg.
I will also supplement with handouts as needed.


  • The midterm exam will be Tuesday, May 3 during the regular class period. The exam will be comprehensive and will include material from chapters 1-5, inclusive. The exam will consist of 3-5 problems similar in style to those on the homeworks. As a further guideline, topics which we've covered in at least 2 of 3 ways -- readings, discussed in class, done in homework -- should be considered fair game for the exam. As a help, please look at an old exam: but please be aware that the order of topics changes slightly from year to year. Except for the equation sheet, below, the exam will be entirely closed book. You should bring a calculator (though you may not actually need it).
  • [2016 Midterm Solution Key]
  • The Final Exam will be Friday, June 10, 8am-10am in PISB 104. The exam will be comprehensive, and will include material from chapters 1-10. The structure and length will be similar to the midterm, and the same rule applies: If we did any of the two of 1) discuss it in class 2) read it in assigned readings 3) worked on a related problem -- then it's fair game.

    As with the midterm, you are required to bring a calculator (though it will be only used for a few arithmetic calculations), and a copy of the equation sheet below will be attached to the exam. Other than that, it is closed book.

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