A Look at Nuclear Science and Technology
|Universidad: University of Pittsburgh
Fecha: 3 de marzo de 2014
About the Course
The course, “A Look at Nuclear Science and Technology” is aimed at scientifically inclined individuals who want to learn more about nuclear energy and the nuclear power industry. It will address subjects such as: What is nuclear energy? What is its history? Who are its heroes? Why is it controversial? How do nuclear power plants work? What about nuclear weapons? What are the stereotypes and misconceptions? We expect many students who finish this class to want to go on for further study in a closely related field.
About the Instructor(s)
Larry Foulke is a retiree from the nuclear industry who failed at retirement and who loves to teach. After retirement, he created a series of courses in nuclear engineering at the University of Pittsburgh for both undergraduate and graduate students. Larry is currently an adjunct full professor who has an earned doctorate in nuclear engineering, P.E. registration (nuclear) in the State of Pennsylvania, and extensive experience in nuclear science and technology from a 40-year career in the nuclear industry.Dr. Foulke also is well known and highly regarded within the nuclear industry having served as President of the American Nuclear Society in 2003-2004.
“A Look at Nuclear Science and Technology” is an overview course that provides broad subject-area coverage to introduce students to application of theory to practical aspects of nuclear science and technology in the world today with special emphasis on commercial nuclear power. The course will begin with a general overview of nuclear physics and the practical applications covered by the field of nuclear engineering. The majority of the course will focus on the theory, design and operation of commercial nuclear power reactors. The course will also touch on contemporary issues regarding nuclear power generation including: the nuclear fuel cycle, the economics of nuclear power, and nuclear non-proliferation.The course will begin with a grand tour of the commercial nuclear fuel cycle and power reactors so the student will have some perspective before delving into the theory that is important to understanding the unique aspects of nuclear energy. The course then will return to the fundamentals of basic nuclear physics, reactor physics, energy removal and power conversion to prepare students for in-depth looks at the theory and function of commercial nuclear power reactors.This course is intended for students who have had little to no academic instruction in nuclear engineering. Some of my incentives to teach this class are (1) to stimulate interest and excitement about nuclear science and technology, and (2) to create a more informed citizenry on the subject of nuclear energy utilization in the future.
Students should have had a course in physics and differential equations. Simple, first order ordinary differential equations will be used now and then.
Additional readings to be provided
This class will consist of lecture videos, which are between 10 and 20 minutes in length, and brief PowerPoint slides, accompanied by narration. Quiz questions will be provided for each class and there will be standalone homework assignments. There will be a final exam.
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