1. Introduction to the Course. Objectives. Plan of lectures. Additional information.
2. The LHC physics case. In a few slides review what are the main motivations for the LHC program. Short reminder of SM.
3. The LHC experimental program. The LHC machine. The experiments. Basic comparison CMS, ATLAS, LHCb and Alice.
4. Experimental challenges: Cross-sections, rates. Trigger. Pile-up. Radiation.