Atomic and Nuclear Physics

Course code PHYS2240Units 10Level 2000Faculty of Science and Information TechnologySchool of Mathematical and Physical Sciences

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.

In order to participate in this course, students must complete a compulsory Workplace Health and Safety requirement. Students will receive full information on this compulsory course component in the course outline provided by the school.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 2
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesOn successful completion of this course, students will:

1. have acquire knowledge and understanding about the electronic and nuclear structure of atoms .
2. have solved problems related to the structure of atoms and the effect of ionizing radiation on the body and the environment.
3. have an appreciation of the influence of atomic and nuclear physics on modern scientific development.
4. have the foundations for examining in more detail various aspects of experimental and theoretical physics which relate to both atomic and nuclear physics.
5. be able to explain the key areas in which Atomic and Nuclear Physics affects everyday living.
ContentTopics in atomic and nuclear physics including:
" Fundamentals of atomic structure: The hydrogen atom
" Describing multi-electron atoms: Spin-Orbit Coupling
" Atomic Radiation
" Atoms in Electric and Magnetic Fields
" Applications of Atomic Physics
" Nuclear properties
" Nuclear models
" Nuclear reactions
" Radiation detectors
" Biological Effects of radiation
" Applications selected from the following: medicine, nuclear power production, industrial applications & environmental issues
Replacing Course(s)PHYS2200 Nuclear Physics and Applications
TransitionThis course shares material with the previous PHYS2200 Nuclear Physics and Applications. Students who require PHYS2200 will be able to do this course.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgePHYS1200, PHYS1210 or PHYS1220 and MATH2310
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsField Study
Assessment Items
Essays / Written Assignments
Examination: Formal
Laboratory Exercises
Quiz - Class
Contact HoursLecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Tutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Laboratory: for 15 hour(s) per Term for Full Term
Compulsory Components
Compulsory Course ComponentWHS-Safety Induction or Risk Assessment. Compulsory Course Component: In order to participate in this course, students must complete a compulsory safety induction.
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for PHYS2240