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Course Content

Fundamentals of nuclear physics and its applications for engineering students. Basic properties of the nucleus and nuclear radiations. The binding energy and nuclear stability based on liquid drop model; elementary quantum mechanical calculations of the bound-state energies, transition probabilities, scattering cross sections, and transmission probability through an energy barrier; deuteron problem and n-p scattering cross section; interactions of charged particles, gamma rays and neutrons with matter; radioactive decays; general properties of nuclear cross-section and applications.

References in the Order of Usefulness

Amazon logo Marmier, Pierre, and Eric Sheldon. Physics of Nuclei and Particles. Vol. 1. San Diego: Academic Press, 1986. ISBN: 978124731028.

Amazon logo Evans, Robley D. The Atomic Nucleus. Temecula: Textbook Publishers, 2003. ISBN: 9780758184115.

Amazon logo Krane, Kenneth S. Introductory Nuclear Physics. Hoboken: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 1987. ISBN: 9780471805533.

Course Requirements

Home Works 40%
Quiz 1 20%
Quiz 2 20%
Term Paper 20%