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FourEyedRaven

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I'd like to ask what are the differences between Particle Physics, Quantum Field Theory and the Standard Model. I see these names of physics courses but I want to confirm if I understand the difference.

My understanding is that when students learn particle physics in their undergraduate years they are learning how particles interact without knowing the background theoretical structure that justifies the calculations they learn. Quantum field theory is the general theoretical framework of quantized fields. The standard model is the specific model of quantized fields that describes how three of the four fundamental forces are unified. So the standard model contains the background theoretical structure that justifies the calculations that students learn in particle physics courses.

Is this correct? Sort of?