Physics Chapter 20 - Nuclear Physics

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Nuclear Physics in Physics - Table of Contents

In this Nuclear Physics section of Physics we cover the topics listed in the table below, each topic has a written tutorial (which you can read on your screen, print to read or use a web reader), a video tutorial, revision notes, revision questions and supporting calculators which allow you to check your own computations and calculations.

Nuclear Physics Learning Material
Tutorial IDTitleTutorialVideo
20.1Atomic Nucleus and Its Structural Properties
20.2Nuclear Forces, Defect of Mass and Binding Energy
20.3Radioactivity and Half-Life
20.4Nuclear Reactions

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Nuclear Physics Snapshot

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This section includes information from nuclear physics - a relatively young branch of physics. At the beginning, a brief history of developments that brought the discovery of atom and subatomic particles including various atomic models introduced by scientists of that time, is provided. Periodic table of elements, as a suitable method of ordering various elements is briefly explained. Then, the focus shifts towards the atomic nucleus, where the components of nucleus and their properties such as mass, electric charge, dimension of atomic nuclei and density of nuclear material are explained.

The second article discusses some physical properties of the nucleus including nuclear forces, mass defect, binding energy as well as the mass-energy equivalence - a very important property which relates matter and non-matter. Then, the third article is focused on the phenomenon of radioactivity and radioactive materials. The three types of nuclear decay and the corresponding particles participating in this process are also explained, as well as mathematical-related quantities describing the radioactivity of materials, such as half-life, decay constant and rate of radioactive decay.

The last article is focused on nuclear reactions, where all possible types of nuclear reactions and their properties are explained accompanied with examples. Finally, applications of nuclear physics in daily life such as nuclear power plants, nuclear reactors and nuclear bombs are discussed. At the end, information covering the advantages and harms caused by interaction of radioactivity and matter is provided.

Nuclear Physics Calculators

In addition to the Nuclear Physics tutorials, we also provide online Nuclear Physics Calculators which allow you to calculate specific Nuclear Physics formula in support of the tutorials or to check and verify your own calculations in support of your homework, coursework or thesis.

The following Physics Calculators are provided in support of the Nuclear Physics tutorials.