PHYS 7501: Particles and Nuclei I (Fall 2021)

Tuesday & Thursday 1:30-2:50pm in Ellis Hall room 110
Instructor: Zach Meisel (email:, office: 204 EAL)
Office Hours: By appointment
Midterm Exam: Oral exam (likely) scheduled week of October 4
Final Exam: Oral exam scheduled week of December 6

Course Overview

The purpose of this course is to review major topics in low-energy nuclear physics, emphasizing connections to contemporary research. This will include twice weekly lectures, each of which will involve group activities, and homework assignments roughly every other week. Exams will be oral exams.

Course information, such as lectures, assignments, and supplementary material will be posted here. Check back throughout the semester.

The course catalog description for PHYS 7501 can be accessed here. The course webpage for the Fall 2019 version of this course can be found here.

Course Materials


Course Schedule, Lectures, and Assignments

There is no required text for this course. The course notes are intended to stand alone and are filled with references. I'm in the very (very) early stages of converting these notes to an open-access book. Commonly sourced reference materials are listed below:

General Information

Academic Honesty

This goes without saying … but I'll say it anyways: you are expected to act in an academically honest fashion. This means abiding by the Ohio University Honor Code and adhering to the Code of Conduct.

If you have any concerns as to what does or does not constitute academic dishonesty (e.g. sharing work on homework assignments), please don't hesitate to ask me.