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Introduction to Nuclear and Particle Physics PHYS 540 
Days: 
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 
Time: 
1:00 p.m. – 1:50 p.m. 

Location: 
CURRENS 336 
Overview: This is
the Introduction to Nuclear and Particle
Physics course for physics majors at the graduate level. Tentative list of
topics to be covered includes Basic
concepts in nuclear and particle physics, Classification of particles and
interactions, Nuclear properties and models, Nuclear decays and reactions,
Standard model of particles, and if time permits Basics of nuclear astrophysics and/or heavy ion physics.
Objectives: The purpose of this course is to introduce the foundations of Nuclear and Particle physics, as well as sketched out the modern topics on the subject.
Textbook: The Physics of Nuclei and Particles by Richard
A. Dunlap.
Supplementary texts: Particle
Physics (A comprehensive Introduction) by Abraham Seiden
and Introductory Nuclear Physics (2^{nd} edition) by Samuel S. M. Wong
Attendance policy:
Attendance is expected although not mandatory. Students are responsible for all
material presented in class, all homework, and for all changes to the schedule
or plans which are announced in class.
My office is Currens 305. My office telephone number is 3092982743. You are welcome to call me at my office at any time. There is a voice mail if I am not available. My email address is IShovkovywiu.edu. I read email daily during weekdays.
Office hours will be on Wednesday and Friday from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. In addition, you can make appointments with me.
The final grade for this course will be based on weekly homework assignments, a midterm examination, and a final examination. My default plan is to use the following table for determining the maximum score for each category:
Homework 
40 
Midterm examination 
20 
Two 15 minute quizzes 
10 
Final examination 
30 
TOTAL 
100 
together with the following grade ranges:
A (85100 points), B (7084 points), C (5569 points), D (4054 points), F (<39 points)
Homework will be assigned about every week or so. The solutions should be handed in the following week before the class. In general, late homework will not be accepted. There will be 15 to 25 problems assigned during the course. Each of them will be graded on a scale from 0 to 10. At the end of the semester, I will rescale the total homework score so that the maximum is 40 points.
Tentative schedule
The exact schedule for lectures and examinations will depend on how long it takes to cover the material. The following is my best guess as of now (January 2007). Please note that the midterm exam is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, March 7. The midterm exam will have several problems to be solved in class and several problems to be taken home. Each problem will be graded on a scale from 0 to 10. The answers without solutions will not be accepted. The takehome questions of the midterm exams will be due on Friday, March 9 before the class (i.e. 1 p.m.). The midterm/final examination score will be rescaled so that the maximum is 20/30 points. There will be two 15minute quizzes, scheduled tentatively for April 6, 2007 (Friday) and April 25, 2007 (Wednesday). The final examination is scheduled for Wednesday, May 9, 1:00 p.m. – 2:50 p.m. Books and notes will not be permitted during quizzes. All exams are open book and open notes. No other reference materials will be permitted during exams. There will be no makeup exams.
Dates 
Tentative description of
topics to be covered 

from 
To 

Jan. 17, 2007 
Feb. 26, 2007 
Basic concepts, Particles and Interactions, Nuclear properties and models, Liquid drop model, Shell model, Nuclear decays and reactions 
Mar. 7, 2007 
MIDTERM EXAMINATION 

Mar. 9, 2007 
Discussion of the midterm examination problems 

Mar. 12 – 16,
2007 
Spring break 

Mar. 19, 2007 
May 4, 2007 
Beta and gamma decays, Standard model of particle physics. If time permits also elements of nuclear astrophysics and/or heavy ion physics 
May 9, 2007 
FINAL EXAMINATION 
For student rights and responsibilities see the WIU web
page: http://www.wiu.edu/provost/student/
Useful online resources:
1. The ABC's of Nuclear Science
2. Glossary
of Nuclear Science Terms
4. Universal Nuclide
Chart and Radioactive Decay Applet
5. Web elements, periodic
table of the elements
6. http://www.nndc.bnl.gov/nudat2/
11. Isotope Explorer
News on the web:
1. A
Nuclear Magic Trick (12/15/06)
2. Discovery
of the element 118 (10/03/06)
3. Island of Stability,
NOVA scienceNOW
(Oct. 2006)
All handouts and homework
solutions can be obtained from WesternOnline.
Last modified April
12, 2007