• Offered by Physics Education Centre
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Physics
  • Areas of interest Physics
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Gregory Lane
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2014
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This course aims to introduce students to the fundamental concepts of nuclear and sub-nuclear physics. Starting with an overview of the development of nuclear and particle physics, the course builds on previous learning in quantum mechanics and electromagnetism to develop students' understanding of the properties of the strong and weak forces. Topics covered include the experimental apparatus needed to study femtoscale (and sub-femtoscale) physics, the interactions between fundamental particles, and microscopic descriptions of the atomic nucleus. The lab program aims to increase students' understanding of how to handle and interpret data as well as to introduce them to the basic techniques and processes of radiation detection.

Honours Pathway Option

This course is offered as an advanced option. Students taking this option will be required to complete alternative assignment and/or laboratory options. These will amount to 15% of the total assessment.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

On satisfying the requirements of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

1. analyse production and decay reactions for fundamental particles, applying conservation principles to determine the type of reaction taking place and the possible outcomes
2. describe the role of colour in the strong force, and appreciate why going from strong interactions between quarks to nuclear structure is a currently unsolved problem
3. describe the role of spin-orbit coupling in the shell structure of atomic nuclei, and predict the properties of nuclear ground and excited states based on the shell model
4. apply quark mixing models to analyse weak interaction physics such as beta and kaon decay
5. read, understand and explain scholarly journal articles in nuclear and particle physics
6.make relevant measurements of energy and decay spectra using basic experimental facilities and apply Poisson statistics to evaluate the uncertainties in the data.

Indicative Assessment

Assessment will be based on:

  • Regular problem sheets to assess ability to identify and analyse problems, and to apply basic techniques to solve them (25%; LO 1-4)
  • Laboratory work, including lab books and technical reports (30%; LO 6)
  • Oral exam (20%, LO 1-4)
  • Final written exam (25%; LO 1-4)

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Workload

A total of approximately 36 one-hour lectures and tutorials and 21 hours of laboratory work, plus individual study.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed PHYS2013.

Specialisations

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Students continuing in their current program of study will have their tuition fees indexed annually from the year in which you commenced your program. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
2
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $1650
2004 $1926
2005 $2298
2006 $2520
2007 $2520
2008 $2916
2009 $2916
2010 $2916
2011 $2946
2012 $2946
2013 $2946
2014 $2946
International fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $3390
2004 $3450
2005 $3450
2006 $3618
2007 $3618
2008 $3618
2009 $3618
2010 $3750
2011 $3756
2012 $3756
2013 $3756
2014 $3762
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3036 17 Feb 2014 07 Mar 2014 31 Mar 2014 30 May 2014 In Person N/A

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