Nuclear Security and Safeguards Education Portal: Basic Nuclear and Atomic Physics

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This module provided by the Centre for Nuclear Security Science and Policy Initiatives covers the basics of nuclear and atomic physics and takes approximately 3 hours to complete. Students taking this module should have a working knowledge of basic algebra.

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Learning Objectives
  • describe the structure of the atom, the constituents of the nucleus, and different types of radiation. give definitions of basic nuclear physics terms and units of measure
  • use a periodic table and chart of the nuclides to identify specific isotopes and elements and their properties
  • explain the interactions of radiation with matter and the physics of nuclear fission
  • complete simple calculations using energy and mass relationships, atomic density, and radioactive decay

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