Physics 625  -  Nuclear Physics

Homepage and Syllabus

(Texas A&M University, Fall 2008)

   Announcements (updated regularly)

    Tue+Thu  05:30-06:45pm
    Room:  ENPH-212
     (1st class:  Tue Aug 26,   last class:  Tue Dec 02,
       no classes on Thu Nov 27 due to Thanksgiving break)

       Course Instructor
Dr. Ralf Rapp
    Office        : Cyclotron (Building 434)  Room 211

    Office-Hrs : Tue, Wed + Thu 3-4pm or by appointment
    Phone       : 845-1411 (ext. 226)
    E-mail       :

      Teaching Assistant (Homework Grader)
   email  :
   Phone:  as announced in class
   Consultation concerning homework: by appointment

       Recommended Material and Mandatory Prerequisite
     1.)  TEXTBOOK:
           The first half of the course will be largely based on the book
           "Theoretical Nuclear and Subnuclear Physics" (2. edition),
             by J.D. Walecka, World Scientific, Imperial College Press;
the second half of the course will also draw material from
"The QCD Vacuum, Hadrons and Superdense Matter" (2. edition),
             by E.V. Shuryak, World Scientific Lecture Notes in Physics, Vol. 71 (2004)

             - PHYS 606 (Quantum Mechanis)


    The course will give an introduction, overview and advanced discussion on several topics in modern
    nuclear physics, including nuclear structure, hadron structure and Quark-Gluon Plasma.
    The SYLLABUS for the lectures can be found here.

       Course Grade
  The total course grade is decomposed as follows:


        Notes on Lectures
    Attendance in the lectures, as well as taking notes of the material presented, is mandatory;
    the homework (HW) and final exam will be closely related to what has been discussed in class.
    Furthermore, you are responsible for all announcements made
in class (including the regular
    HW assignments).

     Note on Homework
    For the approximately bi-weekly assignment of homework problems  click here.
   Once a homework problem set is assigned (via paper hand-out in class), it will be due at the beginning
   of the third subsequent class (e.g. if assigned on Tue, it is due on Thu the following week).
   Late hand-in will be penalized by subtracting 25% of the score per day late.

   Cooperative work and discussions are encouraged, but every student must generate and hand in his/her
   individual solution set by the due date. Questions can be addressed to your course
instructor or teaching
   assistant, who will be happy to help you (preferably during, but not restricted to, office hours)

  To pass the course, you will have to keep up with the material of the course by attending the lectures
  and thoroughly working
through the homework assignments. The course material subsequently builds on
  earlier chapters.


       AGGIE Honor Code
  An Aggie does not lie, cheat, or steal or tolerate those who do.
  Also see
  Any type of cheating (e.g., copying homework or during the final exam) is
  strictly prohibited and seriously penalized.

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  comprehensive civil rights
protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this
  legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that
  provides for reasonable accommodation of their
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accommodation, please contact the Department of Student Life, Services for Students
  with Disabilities, in Room 126 of the Koldus Building or
  call 845-1637; for more info see also here.
  Department of Student Life, SSD, will review your concerns and determine, with you, what
  accommodations are necessary and appropriate. All information and
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  disability is kept confidential.