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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 credits / 135 hours of work

Language of instruction 

Language of instruction is Finnish, but the exam and exercises can be done in English if agreed with the lecturer.


The course is held in the spring semester during the 4th period. It is recommended to complete the course at the second spring semester.

Learning outcomes 

The student knows structure models 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 is familiar with fission and fusion reactions and how they can be exploited in energy production.

The student knows the standard model classification of elementary particles, their properties and interactions.

The student can explain main principles of particle accelerators and detectors, and how they are used in research.


The structure and properties of nuclei, nuclear forces, nuclear models, radioactivity, nuclear reactions, properties and interactions of elementary particles.

Mode of delivery 

Face-to-face teaching

Learning activities and teaching methods 

Lectures 32 h (of which 4 h can be reserved for 2 mid-term exams), 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 (761313A), Electromagnetism 1 (761119P). Supporting courses Electromagnetism 2 (761312A) and Solid state physics (763343A).

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 or two intermediate exams.


The course utilizes a numerical grading scale 0-5. In the numerical scale zero stands for a fail.

Person responsible 

Minna Patanen

Working life cooperation 

The course does not contain working life cooperation.

Other information 

The web page of the course in Moodle


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 period has not begun Nuclear and particle physics  General exam  Minna Patanen 
25.05.21tue 16.15-19.15