22.02 Introduction to Applied Nuclear Physics

Spring 2003

The Rutherford-Bohr model of the atom.
The Rutherford-Bohr model of the atom. (Courtesy of EPA.)

Course Highlights

This course includes a full set of assignments with solutions, and an extensive list of links for further exploration.

Course Description

Basic concepts of nuclear physics with emphasis on nuclear structure and radiation interactions with matter. Elementary quantum theory; nuclear forces; shell structure of the nucleus; alpha, beta, and gamma radioactive decays; interactions of nuclear radiations (charged particles, gammas, and neutrons) with matter; nuclear reactions; fission and fusion.

The course is divided into three main sections:
  1. Quantum Mechanics Fundamentals
  2. Nuclear Structure and Nuclear Decays
  3. Interactions in Nuclear Matter and Nuclear Reactions 

*Some translations represent previous versions of courses.

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Prof. Kim Molvig

Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
1.5 hours / session