Dec 05, 2023
PHY 125 - Applied Nuclear Physics
3 Lecture Hours 2 Lab Hours
Co-requisites: MAT 108
This course is for students in nuclear medicine technology or radiation therapy technology. Basic principles of physics used in radiation therapy and radioisotope diagnosis are studied. Topics include the atoms and nuclides, radiation counting and detection, radioactive decay, laws and modes of decay, half-life, properties of alpha, beta and gamma radiation and its production. The laboratory component introduces data reduction procedures and reinforces concepts presented in lecture.
Upon successful completion of the course, the student will:
- Describe the basic physical principles as they apply to nuclear medicine and radiation therapy.
- Differentiate between those physical situations that require a mathematical interpretation from those that do not.
- Solve routine problems in the radiological fields of nuclear medicine and radiation therapy utilizing algebra.
- Apply theoretical concepts learned in the course that emphasize elementary data reduction techniques commonly used in the radiological fields in the conduction of laboratory experiments.
- Forces in nature
- Energy and the conservation of energy
- Electrostatics and electricity
- Wave theory
- Electromagnetic radiation
- Atomic structure
- Atomic spectra
- Mass and energy interchange
- Characteristics of atomic nuclei
- Conditions for nuclear stability
- Decay law, half-life and statistics
- Activity and average life
- Biological and physical half-life
- Chart of the nuclides
- Radioactive processes
- Nuclear transmutation equations and the production of secondary radiations: X-ray, Auger and conversion electrons
Laboratory manual, chart of the nuclides, table of the nuclides, handouts, calculators, scientific calculator and other materials as deemed appropriate by instructor.
Students who successfully complete this course acquire general knowledge, skills and abilities that align with CCAC’s definition of an educated person. Specifically, this course fulfills these General Education Goals:
Approved By: Dr. Quintin B. Bullock Date Approved: 01/23/2020
- Critical Thinking & Problem Solving
- Quantitative & Scientific Reasoning
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