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

by Centre for Nuclear Security Science and Policy Initiatives on May 17, 2022
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Module Description: This module covers the basics of nuclear and atomic physics.

Prerequisites: Students taking this module should have a working knowledge of basic algebra.

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

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