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PX396 - Nuclear Physics

  • Module code: PX396
  • Module name: Nuclear Physics
  • Department: Physics
  • Credit: 7.5

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

To introduce the concepts and models of nuclear physics. To describe experimental methods used to probe nuclear properties.

Principal learning outcomes

At the end of the module, you should: Be able to describe the properties and structure of stable nuclei; Understand the properties of the nuclear force properties; Be aware of the constraints on a quantum model of the nucleus; Understand the shell model and be able to explain radioactive processes including beta decay and its properties

Timetabled teaching activities

15 lectures

Departmental link

http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/sci/physics/current/teach/syllabi/year3/px396/

Other essential notes

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 postulated.

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
7.5 CATS (Module code: PX396-7.5)
B (Examination only) 1.5 hour examination (Summer) 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

Core

N/A

Optional Core

N/A

Optional
  • Undergraduate Physics (BSc) (F300) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Physics (with Intercalated Year) (F301) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Physics (BSc MPhys) (F304) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Mathematics and Physics (BSc MMathPhys) (FG33) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Mathematics (BSc) (G100) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Mathematics with Intercalated Year (G101) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Mathematics (MMath) (G103) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Mathematics (MMath) (G103) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Master of Mathematics (with Intercalated Year) (G105) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Master of Mathematics (with Intercalated Year) (G105) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Master of Mathematics (with Intercalated Year) (G105) - Year 5
  • Undergraduate Mathematics (MMath) with Study in Europe (G106) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Mathematics (MMath) with Study in Europe (G106) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Mathematics and Physics (BSc) (GF13) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Mathematics and Physics (with Intercalated Year) (GF14) - Year 4