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766344A Nuclear and particle physics, 5 ECTS cr 
Code 766344A  Validity 01.12.2015 -
Name Nuclear and particle physics  Abbreviation Nuclear and par 
Scope5 ECTS cr   
Type Intermediate Studies Discipline3251 Physics 
  Grading1 - 5, pass, fail 
Unit Field of Physics 

ECTS Credits 

5 ECTS cr

Language of instruction 



2nd spring, 4th period

Learning outcomes 

The student knows the structure and key properties of atomic nuclei, the most important ways in which the nuclei undergo radioactive decay, and is familiar with some technological applications based on nuclear properties and radioactivity. The student can explain fission and fusion reactions.
The student knows the key varieties of subatomic particles, their properties and interactions. The student can explain main principles of particle accelerators and detectors, and how they are used in research.


This course deals with the structure and properties of nuclei, nuclear forces, nuclear models, radioactivity, nuclear reactions, properties and interactions of fundamental particles, and unified theories of fundamental interactions.

Mode of delivery 

Face-to-face teaching

Learning activities and teaching methods 

Lectures 30 h, 8 exercises (16 h), self-study 87 h

Target group 

Primarily for the students of the degree programme in physics.

Also for the other students of the University of Oulu.

Prerequisites and co-requisites 

Atomic physics 1 (766326A), Electromagnetism (766319A). An important supporting course is Thermophysics (766328A/766348A).

Recommended optional programme components 

No alternative course units or course units that should be completed simultaneously

Recommended or required reading 

A. Beiser: Concepts of Modern Physics, McGraw-Hill Inc.

Assessment methods and criteria 

Final examination.

Read more about assessment criteria at the University of Oulu webpage.


Numerical grading scale 0 – 5, where 0 = fail

Person responsible 

Minna Patanen

Working life cooperation 

No work placement period

Other information 

Course website


Current and future instruction
Functions Name Type ECTS cr Teacher Schedule
registration period has not begun Nuclear and particle physics  Course  Minna Patanen  16.03.21 -07.05.21

Future examinations
Functions Name Type ECTS cr Teacher Schedule
Registration Nuclear and particle physics  Exam  Minna Patanen 
18.08.20tue 16.15-19.15