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The Open University

The Science of Nuclear Energy

The Open University via FutureLearn

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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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    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…

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