Possible “thought” problems • • • • What is zero-point vacuum energy, what process does it facilitate Describe the various ways a molecule can experience changes in energy What is the difference between mean lifetime and half life Describe the workings of a nuclear reactor and all components necessary for proper functioning, as discussed in class & on the handout • In the context of this course, what is color and why is it important? – No bad jokes here, please • List each of the fundamental forces in nature and describe them in detail: what interactions they engage in, what particles they act upon, range of force, mass and traits of force carrier, any unusual properties (like Weak force is the only one that allows cross-generational mixing, and you don’t have to have strangeness conservation in a Weak interaction) • 4 categories of Weak interactions (NC, CC: CCQE, CC pion, CC DIS) • What is Cerenkov and Scintillation light, how to calculate if a particle will produce Cerenkov light in your detector • How do we understand the phenomenon of neutrino oscillation proceeds? Possible Calculable Problems • • • • • • • • • • • Various E’s in ionic bonds of molecules Molecular spectra Radioactive decay Q value of beta/fusion reactions Exponential decay law & applications Uncertainty principle in particle decays, temporary violation of E/particle production Particle production from interaction of beam of particles with a target (cross section formula) Particle interactions: allowed/if not then why Given mass of force carriers, calculate range of force (or vice versa) Given an interaction, determine q#s, quark content of decay products (*** you MUST come prepared and know quark content of all particles covered in the card game. I will not provide these!) All combinations of particle decay/half life/relativity/threshold for production – we did a lot of these examples in chapters 1 and 2!