Spring 2020 - NUSC 344 D100
Nucleosynthesis and Distribution of the Elements (3)
Class Number: 4297
Delivery Method: In Person
Course Times + Location:
Tu, Th 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 5051, Burnaby
Exam Times + Location:
Apr 18, 2020
12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
TAKE HOME-EXAM, Burnaby
Prerequisites:Completion of 60 units in a science program, including first year calculus, chemistry and physics.
Formation and distribution of the chemical elements in the early universe, in present stellar environments and in the solar system; elemental abundances and isotopic ratios; and radiometric chronology techniques. Quantitative.
3 lecture hours/week; 1 tutorial hour/week
This course is a quantitative introduction to the nuclear and astrophysical processes by which the chemical elements have been and are formed and distributed throughout the universe. Topics include review of nuclear science concepts, introduction to stellar thermonuclear reactions and neutron capture processes, big bang nucleosynthesis, stellar structure and evolution, the cosmic abundances of elements and isotopes, the origin of the light elements, radioactive cosmochronology, and the techniques of experimental nuclear astrophysics.
This course can be applied towards fulfilling the requirements of the Nuclear Science Minor program.
- Homework 20%
- Midterm Exam 30%
- Final Exam 50%
Choppin, Liljenzin, Rydberg & Ekberg. Radiochemistry and Nuclear Chemistry. 4th Edition. 2013. Publisher: Academic Press.
Claus E. Rolfs & William S. Rodney. Cauldrons in the Cosmos. 2005. Publisher: University of Chicago Press.
Richard N. Boyd. An Introduction to Nuclear Astrophysics. 2008. Publisher: University of Chicago Press.
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