Spring 2022 - NUSC 342 D100

Introduction to Nuclear Science (3)

Class Number: 1545

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu, Th 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
    AQ 5029, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    NUSC 341, with a minimum grade of C-, or permission of the Department. Recommended: MATH 251.



Review of nuclear properties and systematics. Properties of the nuclear force; shell model and structure of complex nuclei, nuclear decay via particle emission and spontaneous fission; experimental description of nuclear reactions; nucleon-nucleus and heavy ion reactions. Quantitative.


Please note, this course outline was accurate at the time of publication but is subject to change.

Mode of Teaching:
3 lecture hours/week; 1 tutorial hour/week
Lecture: In-person at Burnaby campus
Tutorial: In-person at Burnaby campus

General Course Description: This course is a quantitative introduction to Nuclear Chemistry, Radiochemistry, Nuclear Physics, and properties and interactions of atomic nuclei. Topics include observables of the nucleus, nuclear forces, radioactive decay, and nuclear reactions.


  • Homework 30%
  • Midterm Exam 30%
  • Final Exam 40%



Walter D. Loveland, David Morrissey & Glenn T. Seaborg. Modern Nuclear Chemistry. 2nd Edition. 2017. Publisher: Wiley

Available free from the SFU Library: https://sfu-primo.hosted.exlibrisgroup.com/permalink/f/1u29dis/TN_cdi_askewsholts_vlebooks_9781119328483

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