The Nuclear Chart

The organization of nuclei based on their constituent nucleons. The y-axis increases with proton number, and the x-axis increases with neutron number. Several interactive charts exist online.

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Nuclear Binding Energy

The atomic nucleus is a bound object, and thus has a mass less than the sum of its constituent parts (protons and neutrons). This energy can be released in nuclear reactions.

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The Nucleons

Due to their near identical nature, the two constituent particle that make up nuclei (protons and neutrons) can be classed as projections of the same particle, the nucleon.

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Radioactive Decay

Unstable nuclei emit radiation to decrease their total energy. We will discuss each of the main decay modes in detail.
(Source: http://philschatz.com)

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More to Come....

As the semester evolves, watch these pages for useful refreshers and additional information on the fundamentals of nuclear physics.

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