Problem Set 1: Retracing Chadwick’s Discovery of the Neutron (PDF)

Problem set 1 solutions (PDF)

Problem Set 2: Nuclear Structure and Stability (PDF)

Problem set 2 solutions (PDF)

Gnumeric spreadsheets showing intermediate solutions

Problem Set 3: Radioactive Decay and Half Life (PDF)

Problem set 3 solutions (PDF)

Problem Set 4: Successive Decays and Statistics (PDF)

Includes a take-home lab to estimate the radioactivity of one banana

Banana Data: Counting Activity, Background, and Efficiency (ZIP) (This Zip file contains: 6 .pdf files.)

Problem set 4 solutions (PDF)

Problem Set 5: Photon Interactions with Matter (PDF)

List of Nuclear Activation Analysis (NAA) Elements (XLS)

Problem set 5 solutions (PDF)

Problem Set 6: Electron and Ion Interactions with Matter (PDF)

Problem set 6 solutions (PDF - 1.0MB)

Problem Set 7: Neutrons, Transport, and Criticality (PDF)

Problem Set 7 (ZIP) (This Zip file contains: 2 .pdf files, 1 .xlsx file, 5 .png files.)

Includes a lab to analyze your MIT Reactor control rod insertion

Problem set 7 solutions (PDF)

Excel Calculations for “Will It Blend?” (XLSX - 1.1MB)

Problem Set 8: Biological and Chemical Effects of Radiation (PDF)

Includes a lab to quantify the dose-mortality relationship for dorm / sorority / fraternity bacteria

Problem set 8 solutions (PDF)

Problem Set 9: Practice Problems for Final Quiz 3 (PDF)

[Not graded; no solutions provided]

KAERI Nuclide Table Use this for nuclear decay and mass data.
NIST X-Ray Transition Energies Database Use this to find all x-ray emission energies.
NIST Tables of X-Ray Absorption Coefficients Use this to find all x-ray emission energies.
JANIS Nuclear Database Use this to find any cross section for any nuclear reaction.
Online Graphing Calculator: Series Radioactive Decay Use this to graphically explore the series radioactive decay equations, e.g. for Problem Set 4.

Course Info

As Taught In
Fall 2016
Learning Resource Types
Lecture Videos
Problem Sets with Solutions
Exams with Solutions
Instructor Insights