Physics 625  -  Nuclear Physics

Homepage and Syllabus

(Texas A&M University, Spring 2011)

   Announcements (updated regularly)

    Mon+Wed  09:10-10:00am
    Room:  MPHY-109
     (1st class:  Wed Jan 19,   last class:  Tue May 03,
       no classes on Mar 14-18 due to spring break, Fri Apr 22 reading day)

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

   Office-Hrs : Tue 2-3pm, Wed+Fri 10-11am 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 Mechanics)


    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 usually be due at the
   beginning of the fourth subsequent class (e.g. if assigned on Mon, it is due on Wed 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 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
disabilities. If you believe you have a disability
  requiring an
accommodation, please contact the Department of Student Life, Services for Students
  with Disabilities, in Room B118 Cain Hall 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
documentation concerning
  disability is kept confidential.