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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.

Students completing this module should be able to describe all of the steps in military and civilian nuclear fuel cycles and be able to perform basic analysis of known fuel cycles. Students should be able to describe how fuel cycle facilities operate and the materials used and produced by those facilities.

Students completing this module should be able to describe the physical mechanisms for detection of gamma and neutron radiation. They should also be able to identify and explain the general operation of gas-filled, scintillation, and semiconductor detectors.

Students completing this module should be able to: Characterize a measured dataset using a mean and a standard deviation; Explain how probability distributions relate to measured datasets and how they can be used to estimate the likelihood that a measurement will fall within a certain interval of a mean value; Describe the difference between systematic and random uncertainties and how this relates to accuracy and precision; and Use propagation of variance to estimate the uncertainties to derived quantities.