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|HSCI 312 - Radiation Science Fundamentals
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Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: MA 224, PHYS 221
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This course introduces principles and concepts related to nuclear energetics, radioactive decay, the interactions of ionizing radiation with matter, and the human health effects of exposure to ionizing radiation. Fundamental concepts related to atomic and sub-atomic physical processes as well as relevant aspects of modern physics are briefly reviewed. Students gain practical experience and enhance their understanding of radiation protection by participating in a radiological emergency response exercise (RERE).Instructor's description:
This course introduces principles and concepts related to radioactive decay, the interactions of ionizing radiation with matter, dosimetry and the human health effects of exposure to ionizing radiation. The course briefly reviews fundamental concepts related to atomic and sub-atomic physical processes as well as relevant aspects of modern physics, including selected aspects of the Special Theory of Relativity, wave/particle duality and the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle. The course emphasizes critical thinking and problem solving skills over rote memorization, and students are expected to become proficient at manipulating the quantities and units used in the radiation sciences. Students are also expected to become adept at using critical thinking and problem solving skills to gain a deeper understanding of fundamental radiation science concepts. Students will gain practical experience and enhance their understanding of radiation protection by participating in radiological emergency response training.
Upon completion of this course, students should:
Textbook: J.K. Shultis and R.E. Faw, Fundamentals of Nuclear Science and Engineering, 2nd edition, CRC Press (September 7, 2007)
- Understand the major types of ionizing radiation and the approximate sizes and energies involved in physical processes on the atomic and sub-atomic scale (develop a "sense of scale" for the atomic and sub-atomic world)
- Understand the major types of radioactive decay, decay chains, the rates of particle emission, and the interactions of radiation with matter
- Understand and be proficient at manipulating the physical quantities and systems of units used in the radiological sciences, such as isotope half-life, activity, absorbed dose, linear energy transfer (LET), stopping power, range, fluence, fluence rate, quality factor and effective dose equivalent
- Understand the major health effects of exposure to radiation and be able to apply radiation protection principles (e.g., time, distance and shielding) to minimize the potentially harmful effects of exposure to ionizing radiation
- Be proficient at applying critical thinking and problem-solving skills to gain insight into the physical processes underlying the radiological sciences.
Instructor: Ulrike Dydak