Course detail

Nuclear Chemistry

FCH-BCO_JCHAcad. year: 2018/2019

Definition, the subject of nuclear chemistry, basic properties of radionuclides and ionizing radiation, radioactivity, nuclear transformations, nuclear reactions, ionizing radiation and radionuclides in environment. The use of radionuclides and ionizing radiation, technology of nuclear chemistry

Learning outcomes of the course unit

After completing this course, students:
1. will know the definition and content of nuclear chemistry
2. will understand the basic properties of radionuclides and ionizing radiation
3. will be familiar with the term radioactivity, with the processes of radioactive decay, nuclear reactions, formation of ionizing radiation
4. will be informed of the occurrence of radionuclides in the environment, the use of radionuclides and ionizing radiation
5.will be familiar with the technology of nuclear chemistry.


Physics, mathematics, general chemistry


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

G.R.Choppin, J.Rydberg: Nuclear Chemistry, , 0 (CS)
J.Hála: Radioaktivita, ionizující záření, jaderná energie, , 0 (CS)
V.Majer a kolektiv: Základy jaderné chemie, , 0 (CS)

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The course uses teaching methods in form of Lecture - 2 teaching hours per week. The e-learning system (LMS Moodle) is available to teachers and students.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Graded course dredit - Final classification is based on average classification of individual tasks. Grades: A: 100 to 81 points, B: 80-71 points, C: 70-61 points, D: 60-59 points, E: 50 to 41 points, F: 40 points or less

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.

Course curriculum

Units and quantities, quantum theory of nuclear structure, nuclear shell model, drop model, magnetic moment of nucleus, binding energy, alpha decay, beta decay, gamma decay, time law of radioagtive decay, radioactive series, aktivity, interaction of radiation with matter, interaction of charged radiation, photons and neutrons, nuclear reactions, energy of nuclear reaction, interaction of nukleus with magnetic field, nuclear magnetic imaging, elastic and inelastic scattering, radiation capture, prompt gamma neutron activation analysis, nuclear fission and fusion, controlled chain fission reaction, theronuclear reaction, fission reaktor, reactor controlled with accellerator, fission and fusion weapons, chemicsl effects of nuclear reactions, biological effects of radiation.


Course objective
- to deepen background knowledge acquired in previous course;
- to create appropriate conditions for deeper understanding of the l essence of complex technical and natural phenomena, as well as modern technologies.
- to contribute to mastering both the subjects that are interrelated with it and those that follow it.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

Attendance at lectures is optional, but it is recommended. Consultations in the extent of lectures for students in combinmed form of study.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme BKCP_CHCHT Bachelor's

    branch BKCO_CHTOZP , 3. year of study, winter semester, 3 credits, compulsory

  • Programme BPCP_CHCHT Bachelor's

    branch BPCO_CHTOZP , 3. year of study, winter semester, 3 credits, compulsory

  • Programme CKCP_CZV lifelong learning

    branch CKCO_CZV , 1. year of study, winter semester, 3 credits, compulsory

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer