PH2240 - Atomic and Nuclear Physics
|Student Contribution Band:
||College of Science and Engineering
An understanding of the nature of atoms is developed by examining the basic quantum
mechanical model for the electronic structure of atoms. Central to this model is the
interaction of atoms with light and electric and magnetic fields. Applications that
are important for our standards of time and length will be discussed. We then delve
further into the atom and examine the structure of the nucleus. The basic concepts
and theories of nuclear physics are developed as well as an understanding of the applications
of nuclear science. Topics in atomic and nuclear physics covered include: Fundamentals
of atomic structure: The hydrogen atom; Describing multi-electron atoms: Spin-Orbit
Coupling; Atomic Radiation; Atoms in Magnetic Fields; Applications of Atomic Physics;
Nuclear properties; Nuclear models; Nuclear reactions; Radiation detectors; Biological
Effects of radiation; and Applications selected from the following: medicine, nuclear
power production, industrial applications & environmental issues.
- demonstrate an understanding of the concepts and laws fundamental to the electronic
and nuclear structure of atoms;
- solve mathematical and numerical problems related to the structure of atoms and the
effect of ionizing radiation on the body and the environment;
- exhibit an appreciation of the influence of atomic and nuclear physics on modern scientific
development, and describe its role and relevance in everyday living;
- undertake laboratory work by gathering, analysing, and documenting experimental and
observational data through various aspects related to both atomic and nuclear physics.
||PH2002 AND MA1003
Study Period 2
|Census Date 29-Aug-2019
||Professor Ronald White.
The student workload for this
credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.
- 39 hours lectures
- 13 hours tutorials
- 15 hours practicals
- assessment and self-directed study
||end of semester exam (50% - 70%); quizzes or tests (10% - 20%); assignments (10% - 20%); lab reports (10% - 20%).
Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement
process, and in case of
minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest