Chemistry 418/518 Nuclear Chemistry Winter 2015
Instructor:
Email:lovelanw@onid.orst.edu
web: http://www.orst.edu/dept/nchem
Class Meeting Time and Place: TuTh 16001720 Rog 332
Textbooks: Modern
Nuclear Chemistry, W.
The book Modern Nuclear Chemistry is being revised. New chapters will be made available to current students
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PLEASE NOTE THAT THE COVERAGE OF A GIVEN TOPIC MIGHT BE SOMEWHAT DIFFERENT THAN THAT IN THE CURRENT BOOK. THAT IS WHAT TEXTBOOK REVISION IS ABOUT
Course website http://osu.orst.edu/instruct/ch374/ch418518
Tentative Schedule
Lecture 
Date 
Topic 

1 
1/6 
Chap. 1 

2 
1/8

Chap. 3 

3 
1/13 
Chap. 2 

4 
1/15 
Chap. 2 

5 
1/20 
Particle Physics

Chap. 5 
6 
1/22 
Chap. 6. 

7 
1/24 
Chap 6 

8 
1/27 
Chap 7 

9 
1/29 


10 
2/3 
Chap. 8 

11 
2/5 
Chap. 9 

12 
2/10 
Chap. 10 

13 
2/12 
Chap. 11 

14 
2/17 
Chap. 12 

15 
2/19 
Chap 15 

16 
2/23



17 
2/25

Chap 4 

18 
3/3



19 20 
3/5 3/12 
Nuclear Forensics 
Chap 13 
21  3/14  Review  
FINAL EXAMINATIONMarch 18 0930 
GRADING CRITERIA:
Homework 300 pts., Examinations 300 pts., Final 400 pts.,
>250 pts. = C, >500 pts. = B, >750 pts. = A.
There will be weekly homework assignments.
Learning
Objectives
Students should acquire
the ability to explain correctly the major ideas associated with the topics
listed below, to work numerical problems involving these concepts and to extend
the use of these concepts to unknown situations. The topics are:
(a) the nomenclature
used to describe nuclei, their structure, reactions and decay
(b) the structure of
nucleons
(c) relativistic
descriptions of nuclear phenomena
(d) the systematics of
nuclear masses and the use of these masses in calculations
(e) the semiempirical
mass equation
(f) the sizes, shapes
and regions of permanent deformation of nuclei
(g) the quantum
mechanical properties of nuclei, angular momentum, magnetic dipole and electric
quadrupole moments
(h) radioactive decay
kinetics, including equilibria
(i) naturally occurring
radioactivity
(j) radiodating
(l) nuclear medicine
and radiopharmacy
(m) the nuclear shell
model and its application
(n) the collective
model and its application
(o) the nucleus as a
Fermi gas
(p) alpha decay
(energetics, theory, hindrance factors)
(q) beta decay (types,
spectral shapes,decay constant)
(r) gamma decay (types,
transition probabilities, internal conversion)
(s) nuclear reactions
(energetics, cross sections, reaction mechanisms with special emphasis on heavy
ion reactions and high energy reactions)
(t) fission
(probability of fission, fission product distributions, dynamical proerties and
excitation energies of fragments)
(u) nucleosynthesis
(primordial and stellar)
(v) the solar neutrino
problem
(w) the physics and
chemistry of the transuranium elements and their synthesis
(x) The interaction of
radiation with matter
Lesson #1Introduction to Nuclear
Science
Lesson #2Radioactive Decay Kinetics
Problem Set #1
Due 13 January at start of class
Chapter 1 Problems 8,12,18,21
Chapter 3 Problems 4,9,17
Problem X Consider that nucleus A decays to nucleus B which is also radioactive. Assume lambdaA = lambdaB. Derive an expression for the activity of B as a function of time. Assume no B is present initially.
Problem Set #2Due 20 January
Chapter 2 Problems 3,11,12,16,19
Problem Set #3 Due 27 January
Problem 5.6 (handout), 61,67,69,610
Problem Set #4 Due 10 February
Problems 75, 713, 82, 84, 93, 98
Problem Set #5Due 17 February
Problems 102, 105,108, 1011, 1015
Problem Set #6Due 24 February
Problem 111, 114, 118, 121, 125, 1211
Problem Set #7Due 10 March
Problems 151,155,177,1719,44,46
Lesson #4Quantum Mechanical Properties of the Nucleus
Lesson #7 The Collective and Fermi Gas Models
Lesson #11 Nuclear Reactions 1
Lesson #12 Nuclear Reactions 2
Lesson #14 Nuclear Astrophysics
Lesson #15 The Transuranium Elements
Interaction of Radiation with MatterCharged Particles
Interaction of Radiation with MatterPhotons and Neutrons