Fall 2019 - NUSC 341 D100

Introduction to Radiochemistry (3)

Class Number: 5898

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo, We, Fr 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
    SECB 1013, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 4, 2019
    12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
    AQ 3153, Burnaby

  • Instructor:

    Caterina Ramogida
    1 778 782-4880
  • Prerequisites:

    Completion of 60 units in a science program, including first year calculus, chemistry and physics.



Brief description of the nucleus and its decays and reactions; interaction of radiation with matter; nuclear instrumentation; radioisotopes in chemistry; activation analysis and related analytical techniques; other applications of nuclear techniques; nuclear reactors and nuclear fusion. Quantitative.


Brief description of nuclear matter, properties, sources of instability, modes of decays, nuclear reactions; interaction of ionizing radiation with matter; health physics; nuclear instrumentation; particle accelerators and radiation sources; nuclear reactors, fission and fusion, energy sources.


First 4 weeks:

  • Why do we care about nuclear science?
  • Introduction to material
  • Properties of nuclear matter
  • Nuclear instability and modes of decay
  • Nuclear force and the Shell Model
  • Kinetics of radioactive decay
First mid-term test (one hour)

Next four weeks:
  • Interaction of radiation with matter
  • Radiation detection, counting statistics
  • Nuclear reactions
  • Accelerators
Second mid-term test (one hour)

Final weeks:
  • Uses and applications of nuclear phenomena
  • Isotopes for nuclear medicine and other applications
  • Nuclear astrophysics/elemental synthesis
  • Nuclear reactors, energy sources
  • Others topics as time permits
Invited lectures by nuclear science researchers
Description of job opportunities

Final test (three hours)


  • Two Midterm Exams 40%
  • Final Exam 40%
  • Assignments 20%



Choppin, Liljenzin, Rydberg & Ekberg. Radiochemistry and Nuclear Chemistry. 4th Edition. 2013 (available as an e-book from the library), and notes.


To be presented during the course:

Other resources:

  • Material and notes from an out of print book by Vance and Ekman, called Radiochemistry and Nuclear Methods of Analysis.
  • Dunlap, An Introduction to the Physics of Nuclei and Particles.

Registrar Notes:

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