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.
Prerequisities
8.02 Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism
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.
Textbooks
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. AddisonWesley, 2004. ISBN: 9780131118928.
Grading
ACTIVITIES  PERCENTAGES 

Class participation  5% 
Homework: 9 problem sets  25% 
Midterm exam  30% 
Final exam  40% 
Calendar
LEC #  TOPICS  KEY DATES 

1–2 
1. Introduction to Nuclear Physics


3–6 
2. Introduction to Quantum Mechanics

Problem set 1 due @ Lecture 5 
7–8 
3. Radioactive Decay, Part I

Problem set 2 due @ Lecture 7 
9–13 
4. Energy Levels

Problem set 3 due @ Lecture 10 Problem set 4 due @ Lecture 12 
Midterm exam (through Lecture 11)  
14–16 
5. Nuclear Structure

Problem set 5 due @ Lecture 14 Problem set 6 due @ Lecture 16 
17–18 
6. Time Evolution in Quantum Mechanics

Problem set 7 due @ Lecture 18 
19–20 
7. Radioactive Decay, Part II

Problem set 8 due @ Lecture 20 
21–25 
8. Applications of Nuclear Science

Problem set 9 due @ Lecture 23 
Final exam 