Courses Catalogue

Nuclear Physics

COURSE CODE: PHY3102
COURSE CREDIT UNIT: 3
ACADEMIC PROGRAMME: Physics BSc
COLLEGE/SCHOOL/FACULTY: School of Natural and Applied Sciences
STATUS: Core
PROGRAMME TYPE: Undergraduate

Course Description

COURSE DESCRIPTION

 

This course is intended to acquaint the student with the measurable properties of nuclei and the principles necessary to perform these measurements. The major part of the course will be an introduction to the theory of nuclei. The principal topics will include binding energy, nuclear models and nuclear reactions. The deuteron will be discussed in detail and the nuclear shell model will be treated as well as the nuclear optical model. Elementary Particles: The Fundamental Interactions, Classification of Elementary Particles Conservation Laws and Symmetries; Quarks, the standard Model.

 

COURSE JUSTIFICATION/RATIONALE

 

This course provides a working knowledge of nuclear structure, nuclear decay and certain models for estimating nuclear masses and other properties of nuclei. Also students will become familiar with the basics of elementary particle physics and particle accelerators. They will have an understanding of building blocks of matter and their interactions via different forces of Nature.

 

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

 

By the end of this course, the student should be able to:

§  Explain that Nuclear Physics Course consists of two parts, Physics of nuclei and Introduction to elementary particle Physics.

§  Get the essential elementary concepts with comprehension of the phenomena governing reactor Physics.

§  Introduce the fundamental concepts of radiation that control nuclear reactions, including fission and fusion that underpin nuclear science and engineering.

§  Provide understanding of how electricity is generated using nuclear reactors, through discussions of nuclear reactor types.

 

LEARNING OUTCOMES

 

A student completing the course is expected to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

§  nuclear structure, nuclear decay and certain models for estimating nuclear masses and other properties of nuclei.

§  familiarity with the basics of elementary particle physics and particle accelerators and understanding of building blocks of matter and their interactions via different forces of Nature.

§  Nuclear Scattering, various properties of Nuclei, the Liquid Drop Model and the Shell Model, radioactive decay, fission and fusion.

§  elementary particles into hadrons and leptons, and understand how hadrons are constructed from quarks

§  flavour quantum numbers such as isospin, stangeness, etc. understanding which interactions conserve which quantum numbers

§  carriers of the fundamental interactions and have a qualitative understanding of QCD as well as the mechanisms of weak and electromagnetic interactions