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The Science of Fission and Fusion Energy

AST 309/MAE 309/PHY 309/ENE 309

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Power from the nucleus offers a low-carbon source of electricity. However, fission power also carries significant risks: nuclear proliferation (North Korea, Iran), major accidents (Chernobyl, Fukushima), and waste disposal (Yucca Mountain). Fusion carries fewer risks, but the timetable for its commercialization is uncertain. We will delve into the scientific underpinnings of these two energy sources, so you can assess them for yourselves. A benefit of this course is that you will expand your scientific and computational skills by applying them to important real-world problems.
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Section L01

  • Type: Lecture
  • Section: L01
  • Status: O
  • Enrollment: 8
  • Capacity: 25
  • Class Number: 40199
  • Schedule: TTh 03:00 PM-04:20 PM

Section P02

  • Type: Precept
  • Section: P02
  • Status: O
  • Enrollment: 8
  • Capacity: 25
  • Class Number: 40200
  • Schedule: T 07:30 PM-08:50 PM