Nuclei and particles (Rutgers Physics 418) Guide for Fall 2017

About the Course and the Instructor

Professor Sunil Somalwar will be in charge of the class. The class will be held in Hill-009 on Tue/Fri 1020-1140am (period TF2). My whereabouts are as follows. Office: Serin W312 on Busch, Phone:848-445-8895, E-mail (preferred): Sunil.Somalwar@Rutgers.Edu I do research in experimental particle physics at the CERN laboratory in Geneva, Switzerland.

Seeing Me

I follow open door policy so you do not have to make an appointment to see me. Feel free to walk in my office or call or email etc if you need help. If you prefer to make an appointment, send me an email with two or three choices for the meeting time. Afternoons are generally better because CERN is six hours ahead of US, so my mornings are often filled with meetings etc. There will be no office hour per se given my open door policy, but I can arrange one if you tell me so.


Please talk to me right away if you have not taken the correct prereq's or feel unprepared in any way for this class.


Our textbook will be Introduction to Nuclei and Particles by Das and Ferbel. Unfortunately, the selection of texts that cover both nuclear and particle physics at the level of this class is rather limited.


Hearing from you on a continual basis is extremely important. Your feedback (positive and negative) will allow me to tune the course better. Talk to me before/after class, in my office, by email, etc etc. You can also talk to our undergraduate director who can transmit your feedback to me anonymously.

Homework, Exams and Grades etc

Homework assignments will be worth 30%, class exam 30% and the final 40%. Homework and exam details are on the main webpage for the class. The course grades will be assigned on a relative basis, but the class size is too small for the grades to be "curved". In practical terms, it means that the grade boundaries will be adjusted after the final exam to take into account the level of difficulty of the exams etc. Do not panic if an exam happened to be difficult! I recall taking an undergraduate class where A grade began around 57%. Subjective factors such as your effort, attendance, participation during discussions, and improvement during the term will also matter for your final grade.

World Wide Web

Any updates, links to homeworks, exams and solutions, your scores, grades etc etc can all be found at

Administrative Assistance

Please contact the physics undergraduate director Prof. Steve Schnetzer or undergraduate program administrator Katherine Lam (Office: 201W, Phone: 848-445-8763, e-mail: for administrative help such as special permission.

Students with Disabilities & University student-wellness services

If you have a disability, you are urged to speak to me EARLY IN THE SEMESTER to make the necessary arrangements to support a successful learning experience. For further information about Rutgers disability as well as student-wellness services, click here.

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