PHYS 2020-Exam 5 Concepts

Basic structure and components of the nucleus

Nuclear binding energy and the binding energy per nucleon

Strong force and 4 fundamental forces in nature


Radioactive decay processes:   alpha, beta, gamma

Half-life and decay constant


Natural decay schemes:  parent and daughter nuclei

Q value for energy of reaction

Rest mass and rest energy related to the mass defect for reactions

Biologic damage by radiation

Nuclear fission

Nuclear fusion

Basic principles behind a fission reactor

Basic principles behind a fusion reactor

Chain reaction

Magnetic confinement vs inertial confinement