## 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. Addison-Wesley, 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 |
- Nuclear nomenclature
- Binding energy and semi-empirical mass formula
- Radioactive decay
| |

3–6 |
- Laws of quantum mechanics
- States, operators, and eigenvalues
- Measurement and probability
- Energy eigenvalue problem
- Operators and Uncertainty problem
| Problem set 1 due @ Lecture 5 |

7–8 |
- Scattering and tunneling in quantum mechanics
- Alpha decay
| Problem set 2 due @ Lecture 7 |

9–13 |
- Bound problems
- Quantum mechanics in 3D: angular momentum
- Identical particles
| Problem set 3 due @ Lecture 10 Problem set 4 due @ Lecture 12 |

Midterm exam (through Lecture 11) | ||

14–16 |
- Characteristics of the nuclear force
- The deuteron
- Nuclear models
| Problem set 5 due @ Lecture 14 Problem set 6 due @ Lecture 16 |

17–18 |
- Time-dependent Schrödinger equation
- Fermi's Golden Rule
| Problem set 7 due @ Lecture 18 |

19–20 |
- Gamma decay
- Beta decay
| Problem set 8 due @ Lecture 20 |

21–25 |
- Interaction of radiation with matter
- Fusion
- Fission
| Problem set 9 due @ Lecture 23 |

Final exam |