PX3967.5 Nuclear Physics
Introductory description
This module shows how the properties of the stable nucleus can be understood in terms of elementary models using physics from earlier modules, but with the introduction of the strong nuclear force. It is shown that the main features of the decay of unstable nuclei can also be understood on the basis of these ideas, but that a further interaction, the weak interaction, has to be included.
Module aims
To introduce the concepts and models of nuclear physics. To describe experimental methods used to probe nuclear properties.
Outline syllabus
This is an indicative module outline only to give an indication of the sort of topics that may be covered. Actual sessions held may differ.
Nuclear Properties: Nuclear radius; distribution of nuclear matter; nuclear mass and binding energy
Nuclear force and the strong interaction: Properties of the deuteron; nucleonnucleon scattering; Isospin and the structure of nuclear forces
Nuclear models: Nucleons in a central potential; the shell model
Radioactivity: Radioactive decay, betadecay and the weak interaction
Learning outcomes
By the end of the module, students should be able to:
 Describe the properties and structure of stable nuclei
 Explain the properties of the nuclear force
 Discuss the constraints on a quantum model of the nucleus
 Explain the shell model and how it accounts for radioactive processes including beta decay
Indicative reading list
B.R. Martin, Nuclear and Particle Physics, Wiley, 2006
View reading list on Talis Aspire
Subject specific skills
Knowledge of mathematics and physics. Skills in modelling, reasoning, thinking
Transferable skills
Analytical, communication, problemsolving, selfstudy
Study time
Type  Required 

Lectures  15 sessions of 1 hour (20%) 
Private study  60 hours (80%) 
Total  75 hours 
Private study description
Working through lecture notes, solving problems, wider reading, discussing with others taking the module, revising for exam, practising on past exam papers
Costs
No further costs have been identified for this module.
You must pass all assessment components to pass the module.
Assessment group B1
Weighting  Study time  

2 hour online examination (Summer)  100%  
Answer 2 questions from 3

Feedback on assessment
Personal tutor, group feedback
Courses
This module is Option list A for:
 Year 3 of UPXAF300 Undergraduate Physics (BSc)
 Year 4 of UPXAF301 Undergraduate Physics (with Intercalated Year)
This module is Option list B for:

UMAAG105 Undergraduate Master of Mathematics (with Intercalated Year)
 Year 3 of G105 Mathematics (MMath) with Intercalated Year
 Year 5 of G105 Mathematics (MMath) with Intercalated Year
 Year 3 of UMAAG100 Undergraduate Mathematics (BSc)

UMAAG103 Undergraduate Mathematics (MMath)
 Year 3 of G103 Mathematics (MMath)
 Year 4 of G103 Mathematics (MMath)

UMAAG106 Undergraduate Mathematics (MMath) with Study in Europe
 Year 3 of G106 Mathematics (MMath) with Study in Europe
 Year 4 of G106 Mathematics (MMath) with Study in Europe
 Year 3 of UPXAFG33 Undergraduate Mathematics and Physics (BSc MMathPhys)
 Year 3 of UPXAGF13 Undergraduate Mathematics and Physics (BSc)
 Year 3 of UPXAFG31 Undergraduate Mathematics and Physics (MMathPhys)
 Year 4 of UPXAGF14 Undergraduate Mathematics and Physics (with Intercalated Year)
 Year 4 of UMAAG101 Undergraduate Mathematics with Intercalated Year
 Year 3 of UPXAF304 Undergraduate Physics (BSc MPhys)
 Year 3 of UPXAF303 Undergraduate Physics (MPhys)