RADON 104 Radiation Therapy Physics I • 3 Cr.
Explores principles of physics as applied to radiation therapy. Topics include forces of nature, atomic structure, radioactive decay, and specific activity and beam intensity calculations. Prerequisite: Acceptance into program.
After completing this class, students should be able to:
- Describe the fundamental forces of nature and their applications to radiation physics.
- Describe the components of an atom.
- Analyze the atom in terms of a nucleus, electrons and space and their application to the production of x-rays.
- Distinguish the relative masses of atomic particles.
- Describe the processes of radioactive decay.
- Write a decay equation for Alpha decay, Beta decay and Electron Capture.
- Use a scientific calculator to solve equations involving Natural Logarithms.
- Interpret graphs involving Natural Logarithms.
- Calculate the reduction in activity of a radioisotope over time.
- Analyze the effect of half-life on dose-fractionation and time.
- Calculate the reduction in the intensity of a photon beam as it passes through an absorber.
- Analyze the effect of the linear attenuation coefficient on shielding block design.