|Physics 416||Spring, 2010|
Physics 416, Advanced Topics in Physics
Introduction to Nuclear Physics
Welcome to Physics 416, Advanced Topics in Physics! This course is an introduction to nuclear physics. We will begin with a brief overview of nuclear properties and some historical perspective, then review (or introduce) the quantum mechanics needed to understand nuclear physics at the level of this course. We can then describe nuclear structure models, radioactive decay, and nuclear reactions. The prerequisites for this course are PHYS 222 and 272, and MATH 107 or 132.
GradesGrades will be based on four aspects of the course, with approximately equal weight:
The midterm exam will cover material in about the first 5 weeks of the course, which should include (at minimum) chapters 1 - 3 and 5 in Krane. The final exam will focus primarily on the later parts of the course. The mid-term exam will be a take-home exam, while the final will be held in-class, with an open book and any notes. The exams will include homework-style problems (not from the homework, but requiring similar types of analysis).
Each student will select a topic in nuclear physics, in consultation with me, and present it in a written paper as well as in an oral presentation to the class near the end of the semester. The paper should be approximately 10 pages in length, and will be presented in a 20 minute talk before the class, to be followed by a question period. I will schedule meetings with each student before mid-terms to discuss your choice of topic. The topics should be at an appropriate level for this course, and the subject should be some technological or astrophysical application of nuclear physics.
Homework and Participation
A limited amount of homework will be assigned weekly to clarify the reading. It will be due one week after it is assigned. The purpose of the homework, in most cases, is to clarify the reading, and to be sure you have understood it. You should also find it useful to work through derivations in the text, and fill in any gaps, so you are certain of your understanding. This is true in any advanced physics course. You should come to class prepared to discuss the assigned readings, and to ask questions about any parts that require further clarification.
|Dr. S.A. Yost||Dept. of Physics||The Citadel|