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The Science of Nuclear Energy

The Open University via FutureLearn

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  • Provider FutureLearn
  • Cost Free Online Course (Audit)
  • Session Upcoming
  • Language English
  • Certificate $69 Certificate Available
  • Effort 3 hours a week
  • Start Date
  • Duration 4 weeks long
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Overview

Understand the science of nuclear power and the arguments for and against it

With the need to reduce carbon emissions around the world, the way we generate our power has to change and nuclear energy is back on the political agenda.

But do you know your fission from your fusion? Would you like to make an informed decision about whether we should get electricity from nuclear power?

This online course will delve into the science behind nuclear power, explaining what happens inside a nuclear reactor and what radioactive elements are.

It will explore the arguments for and against nuclear power, and its role in future energy planning alongside other energy sources.

The course does not assume any prior knowledge of nuclear energy and can be enjoyed by anyone interested in science and becoming more informed of energy choices.

Taught by

Sam Smidt and Gemma Warrine

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4.0 4 years ago
Ivo3185 completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
The Science of Nuclear Energy starts by explaining what atoms, nucleons and electrons are. It swiftly moves past that, without leaving anyone behind, explaining nuclear fission, energy, power, and electricity.

But it doesn't stop there. It explains to us how nuclear stations are decommissioned and some solutions to the nuclear waste problem. This course doesn't try to force you to have a certain opinion, they explore both the good: the potential of fission, Thorium and fusion, and the bad: the disasters at Three Mile Island, Chernobyl, and Fukushima.

I wish they'd gone on to explain further the dangers of radioactivity, other than thyroid cancers and to dispel the myths (?) of the Chernobyl genetic mutations, but this course was only 4 weeks long, and everything we learned was useful.
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