Course Meeting Times
Lectures: 2 sessions / week, 1.5 hours / session
Recitations: 1 session / week, 2 hours / session
Course Description and Objectives
The course introduces the fundamental principles that underline nuclear science and its engineering applications, as well as mathematical tools needed to grasp these concepts. Applications to nuclear science and engineering will be used to illustrate these (often abstract) principles.
The goal of this class is to give you the tools to further continue your exploration in nuclear science and engineering. After taking this class, you will able to study (and understand) any application of nuclear and radiation science you wish to specialize in.
8.03 Physics III: Vibrations and Waves
Some linear algebra will be needed (e.g. 18.06 Linear Algebra), as well as the ability to apply mathematical concepts to physical problems. A review of some math background will be given in recitation.
Required: Krane, Kenneth S. Introductory Nuclear Physics. 3rd ed. John Wiley & Sons, 1987. ISBN: 9780471805533.
Recommended: Griffiths, David J. Introduction to Quantum Mechanics. 2nd ed. Addison-Wesley, 2004. ISBN: 9780131118928.
|Homework: 9 problem sets||25%|
|LEC #||TOPICS||KEY DATES|
1. Introduction to Nuclear Physics
2. Introduction to Quantum Mechanics
|Problem set 1 due @ Lecture 5|
3. Radioactive Decay, Part I
|Problem set 2 due @ Lecture 7|
4. Energy Levels
Problem set 3 due @ Lecture 10
Problem set 4 due @ Lecture 12
|Midterm exam (through Lecture 11)|
5. Nuclear Structure
Problem set 5 due @ Lecture 14
Problem set 6 due @ Lecture 16
6. Time Evolution in Quantum Mechanics
|Problem set 7 due @ Lecture 18|
7. Radioactive Decay, Part II
|Problem set 8 due @ Lecture 20|
8. Applications of Nuclear Science
|Problem set 9 due @ Lecture 23|