Courses & Units

Atomic and Nuclear Physics KYA323


Students majoring in Physics must take at least one of KYA322 and KYA323.

This unit is offered in even numbered years only.


The objective of the atomic physics part of this course is to provide a comprehensive introduction to atomic structure allowing you to understand atomic spectra, the behaviour of angular momentum in quantum mechanical systems, and many-electron atoms. The nuclear and particle physics will develop your understanding of the period table of elements, nuclear mass formulae, models for nuclei and their transformations. In particle physics you will learn the standard model and the classification of particles. In the nuclear astrophysics you will learn the origin of the elements from the big-bang to nucleosynthesis in stars. In all areas you will be expected to use the mathematical framework by which quantitative problems in these areas can be solved. There is both a theory and a practical (laboratory) component to this course. Applications of physical principles in daily life and technology are kept in mind at all appropriate
points in the course. Students are encouraged to develop their conceptual thinking ability, and to practice approximating real situations by simpler physical/mathematical models.


Unit name Atomic and Nuclear Physics
Unit code KYA323
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Natural Sciences
Discipline Physics
Coordinator Associate Professor Andrew Cole
Available as student elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Advanced


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Learning Outcomes

  • apply both theoretical and experimental knowledge of physical principles in a broad range of contexts and understand the underlying assumptions and limitations of physical theories. you will demonstrate the ability to learn both independently and cooperatively and to learn new skills and apply them to new and unexpected situations.
  • develop the ability to think critically about the evidence for and against different physical theories and from this conceptualise problems, formulate and evaluate a range of possible solutions. in doing this you will find, acquire, evaluate, manage and use relevant information in a range of media.
  • demonstrate oral, written, numerical and graphic communication and the ability to integrate information from a range of services & develop a coherent understanding from them.
  • understand the role of physics in a broad range of contexts, disciplines and situations.
  • understand that applications of physics may have important social & ethical implications.
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Admission into a Masters course OR KYA211 Waves and Kinetic Theory AND KYA212 Electromagnetism and Thermodynamics AND KMA252 Calculus and Applications 2


Teaching Pattern

3 lectures, 1 tutorial weekly, 39 lab hrs total

AssessmentTest (15%)|Examination (50%)|Report (10%)|Laboratory (25%)
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