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The Nucleus and Beyond

by

Carl Martikean

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Objectives:

  1. Identify the properties of the nucleus of an atom
  2. Explain why some nuclei are unstable
  3. Calculate the binding energy of various nuclei
  4. Perform an experiment that simulates a linear accelerator.

Preliminaries:

  1. Rutherford’s experiment lead to the conclusion that all of an atoms positive and most of its mass lie are concentrated in the nucleus.
  2. The nucleus has a radius of no greater than about
    10-14 m.
  3. The convenient unit of length in nuclear physics is the femtometer (fm). Sometimes this is called a fermi.
  4. The length of this unit is 10-15 m.
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