Module Details

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Title INTRODUCTION TO NUCLEAR SCIENCE
Code PHYS135
Coordinator Professor AJ Boston
Physics
Andrew.Boston@liverpool.ac.uk
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2021-22 Level 4 FHEQ Second Semester 7.5

Aims

This module will provide students with a broad introduction to the physics of nuclear science. It will also provide the students with the physics basis for measurements used in nuclear science.


Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Basic understanding of the underlying physics properties and ideas that are utilised in nuclear science

(LO2) Basic knowledge of the physics involved in measurement techniques used in nuclear science

(LO3) Understanding of the techniques used in measurements in nuclear applications

(LO4) Ability to solve simple problems in nuclear science

(S1) Problem solving skills

(S2) Communication skills

(S3) IT skills


Syllabus

 

Properties of nuclei Radioactive decay modes.
Activity.
Half-life.
Nuclear size, mass and binding energy.
Liquid drop model and binding energies per nucleon.
Nuclear excited states and energy levels.
Radioactive decay processes Alpha decay.
Q-value.
Kinetic energy of the alpha particle.
Beta minus decay, beta plus decay, electron capture.
Q-values and determination of permitted decays.
Gamma decay.
Energy conservation.
Nuclear reactions Q-value considerations: exothermic and endothermic.
Threshold energy.
Coulomb barrier.
Cross section.
Interaction of radiation with materials Range and interaction mechanism for alpha and beta particles in matter.
Attenuation of gamma rays.
Nuclear radiation detectors.
Radiation dose and protection issues.
Interaction of neutrons with matter.
Activation analysis.
Nuclear reactors Energy from fission.
Components of a fission reactor.
Uranium enrichment.
Neutron moderation.
Outline of a fusion reactor and current outlook.


Teaching and Learning Strategies

Teaching Method 1 - Lecture
Description: Lectures that cover the whole syllabus of the module
Attendance Recorded: Yes
Notes: 6 x 2h/week

Teaching Method 2 - Small Group Learning
Description: Small Group Learning
Attendance Recorded: Yes
Notes: 6 x 1h

The module will be delivered remotely in 2021. Asynchronous learning materials (notes/videos/exercises etc) will be made available to students through the VLE. The module will have regular synchronous sessions in active learning mode.
We are planning no changes to module content compared to previous years, and expect students to spend a similar amount of time-on-task compared to previous years. These changes will mainly constitute a rebalancing of hours from scheduled directed learning hours to unscheduled directed learning hours as students will have some flexibility as to when they access asynchronous materials.


Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours           6

12

18
Timetable (if known)              
Private Study 57
TOTAL HOURS 75

Assessment

EXAM Duration Timing
(Semester)
% of
final
mark
Resit/resubmission
opportunity
Penalty for late
submission
Notes
time-controlled online examination  90 minutes.    60       
CONTINUOUS Duration Timing
(Semester)
% of
final
mark
Resit/resubmission
opportunity
Penalty for late
submission
Notes
Workshops There is a resit opportunity. Standard UoL penalty applies for late submission. This is not an anonymous assessment. Assessment Schedule (When) :S2  1 hour sessions per     40       

Recommended Texts

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