NEW MEXICO JUNIOR COLLEGE

MISSION STATEMENT

Fundamentals of Nuclear Science

SYLLABUS

  1. GENERAL COURSE INFORMATION
  2. A. Course Title: Fundamentals of Nuclear Science
    B. Course Number: INDT 113N - 10369
    C. Semester: Spring 2017
    D. Days/Time: Online
    E. Credit Hours: 3
    F. Instructor: Yarger, Fred
    G. Office: none
    H. Email Address: fyarger@nmjc.edu
    I. Office Phone: none
    J. Office Hours: Virtual Monday: 8:00:00 AM-8:00:00 PM (MST);
    Virtual Tuesday: 8:00:00 AM-8:00:00 PM (MST);
    Virtual Wednesday: 8:00:00 AM-8:00:00 PM (MST);
    Virtual Thursday: 8:00:00 AM-8:00:00 PM (MST);
    Virtual Friday: 8:00:00 AM-8:00:00 PM (MST);
    Virtual Saturday: 8:00:00 AM-8:00:00 PM (MST);
    (770) 973-3369 (H) Between 8AM to 8PM (Mountain Time); Anytime in an emergency.
    K. Time Zone: Mountain Time
    L. Prerequisite(s):
    M. Corequisite(s):
    N. Class Location: Virtual
  3. COURSE DESCRIPTION

    This course introduces students to fundamentals of nuclear science and nuclear physics and reactor theory. This course covers atomic physics, nuclear reactions, and detection of radiation. This is a three credit hour course.

  4. COURSE RATIONALE / TRANSFERABILITY

    This course will meet the requirements of the Energy Technology Degree at New Mexico Junior College; however, it is important to check with the institution to which you are planning to transfer to determine transferability. All students are encouraged to keep the course syllabus, as it will help determine the transferability of this course credit to another institution.

  5. REQUIRED / SUGGESTED COURSE MATERIALS

    Required:

    The following are the required texts for this course & are provided by the instructor in the course files.

    DOE FUNDAMENTALS HANDBOOK Classical Physics DOE-HDBK-1010-92
    DOE FUNDAMENTALS HANDBOOK Nuclear Physics & Reactor Theory DOE-HDBK-1019/1-93 (Volumes 1&2)

    Using LockDown Browser and a Webcam for Online Exams

    This course requires the use of LockDown Browser and a webcam for online exams if you choose not to use the NMJC Testing Center. The webcam can be built into your computer or can be the type that plugs in with a USB cable. Watch this short video (http://www.respondus.com/products/lockdown-browser/student-movie.shtml) to get a basic understanding of LockDown Browser and the webcam feature. If a webcam is used for an exam in this course, you will have to pay a $10 fee once during the term.

    Download and install LockDown Browser from this link:

    Respondus LockDown Browser for NMJC (https://nmjc.instructure.com/courses/1273417/modules/items/13487969)

    Note: Don't download a copy of LockDown Browser from elsewhere on the Internet; those versions won't work at our institution.

    To take an online test, start LockDown Browser and navigate to the exam. (You won't be able to access the exam with a standard web browser.) For additional details on using LockDown Browser, review this Student Quick Start Guide (PDF) (http://www.respondus.com/products/lockdown-browser/guides.shtml#student).

    Finally, when taking an online exam, follow these guidelines:
    • Ensure you're in a well lit, quiet location with a good, fast Internet connection where you won't be interrupted.
    • Turn off all mobile devices, phones, etc.
    • Clear your desk of all external materials — books, papers, other computers, or devices.
    • Remain at your desk or workstation for the duration of the test.
    • If a webcam is required, make sure it is plugged in or enabled before starting LockDown Browser.
    • LockDown Browser will prevent you from accessing other websites or applications; you will be unable to exit the test until all questions are completed and submitted.
    • If a webcam is required, you will be recorded during the test to ensure you're using only permitted resources.


    Suggested:

    The Little, Brown Essential Handbook by Jane Aaron. This resource has been adopted by New Mexico Junior College as the common reference book for students to use for writing assignments in their courses.

    You can buy your books online at the NMJC Bookstore.

  6. GRADING POLICY

    Students attending New Mexico Junior College will be evaluated according to the following grading scale:

    						90 - 100%	=	A
    						80 -  89%	=	B
    						70 -  79%	=	C
    						60 -  69%	=	D
    					 	 0 -  59%	=	F
    

    Credit will not be given for assignments if turned in late without prior approval.

    Response Time Frames:
    The instructor will respond to student e-mail within 24 hours on week days and 48 hours on weekends.

    Grades for written assignments will generally be posted within a week of the due date if due mid-term or the day before final grades are submitted for end-of-term assignments.

    Retrieving Grades from T-BirdWeb Portal
    Go to the New Mexico Junior College T-BirdWeb Portal login page. Please enter your User Identification Number (ID), which is your Banner ID, and your Personal Identification Number (PIN). When finished, click Login.

    Tips for Success in Online Courses:
    1. Log in to class regularly.
    2. Pay attention.
    3. Take notes.
    4. Keep up with readings and assignments.
    5. Ask questions when you do not understand something.
    6. Utilize your professor’s office hours and e-mail.
    7. Read the text.
    8. Adhere to the deadlines posted in the course outline.

  7. INSTITUTIONAL STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

    New Mexico Junior College’s institutional student learning outcomes represent the knowledge and abilities developed by students attending New Mexico Junior College. Upon completion students should achieve the following learning outcomes along with specific curriculum outcomes for respective areas of study:

  8. DEPARTMENTAL STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

    The objective of this course is to help students understand the fundamentals of nuclear science and reactor theory, including energy use, nuclear fuel cycles, environmental, health and safety issues.

  9. SPECIFIC COURSE STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

    By the end of this course students should be able to explain:

    Module 1: Unit Systems (DOE Fundamentals Handbook Classical Physics)
    Module 2: Vectors (DOE Fundamentals Handbook Classical Physics)
    Module 3: Force and Motion (DOE Fundamentals Handbook Classical Physics)
    Module 4: Application of Newton’s Laws (DOE Fundamentals Handbook Classical Physics)
    Module 5: Energy, Work, and Power (DOE Fundamentals Handbook Classical Physics)
    Module 6: (Under development)

  10. REQUIRED TECHNICAL COMPETENCIES AND EQUIPMENT

    Student Requirements
    If you have not already received login information for Canvas/T-BirdWeb Portal/E-mail, you will need to contact the Enrollment Management office at (575) 492-2546.

    Check first-time login page for instructions at www.nmjc.edu/distancelearning/coursescourseschedules/canvasinstructions.aspx.

    Canvas Assistance

    You must have access, on a regular basis, to a computer that supports the Canvas minimum specifications and has an active connection to the Internet. See the minimum computer specification requirements at www.nmjc.edu/distancelearning/coursescourseschedules/Canvasinstructions.aspx.

  11. GENERAL/MISCELLANEOUS

    Students will be held responsible for the information on these pages.

    Academic Honesty
    Each student is expected to maintain the highest standards of honesty and integrity in online academic and professional matters. The College reserves the right to take disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal, against any student who is found guilty of academic dishonesty or otherwise fails to meet these standards. Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, dishonesty in quizzes, tests, or assignments; claiming credit for work not done or done by others; and nondisclosure or misrepresentation in filling out applications or other College records. Cheating or gaining illegal information for any type of graded work is considered dishonest and will be dealt with accordingly.

    Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Information
    Any student requiring special accommodations should contact the Special Needs Student Services Coordinator at (575) 492-2576 or by e-mail at krueda@nmjc.edu.

    Attendance Policy and Participation Expectations
    It is expected that you regularly log into class at least three times weekly and check your Canvas mail to ensure you have not missed any changes/updates. Students are expected to complete discussions/quizzes/tests/ assignments before deadlines expire.

    Canvas Help
    If you experience difficulty with Canvas you may reach the Canvas Helpdesk at canvashelpdesk@nmjc.edu, or by calling the 24 hour helpdesk phone at (575) 399-2199.

    Netiquette
    The professor is responsible for monitoring and evaluating student conduct and student behavior within the Canvas course. By registering for this class, the student is assumed to have entered into an agreement with New Mexico Junior College and the professor to log into the class regularly and to behave in an appropriate manner at all times. Disruptive behavior may result in the student being removed from the class and dropped for the semester. For comprehensive information on the common rules of netiquette and other online issues, please review the NMJC Online Student Handbook.

    Online Learning Environment
    By participating in an online class, you undertake responsibility for your own progress and time management.

    Plagiarism
    Offering the work of another as one’s own, without proper acknowledgment, is plagiarism; therefore, any student who fails to give credit for quotations or essentially identical expression of material taken from books, encyclopedias, magazines and other reference works, or from the themes, reports, or other writings of a fellow student, is guilty of plagiarism. Plagiarism violates the academic honesty policy and is considered cheating.

    Tutoring Assistance
    Free tutoring services are available to all NMJC students through Brainfuse and the Academic Success Center located in Mansur Hall room 123 and 124.

    Withdrawal Policy
    The instructor has the right to drop any student who has failed to log on to Canvas for two weeks or more, but it is not guaranteed that the instructor will drop you. If the student chooses to stop attending a class, he/she should withdraw from the class by accessing your student account in the T-Bird Web Portal at www.nmjc.edu, or submitting the required paperwork to the Registrar’s Office by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 20, 2017. Failure to withdraw yourself from a course by this date may result in your receiving an “F” in the course. All students are encouraged to discuss their class status with the professor prior to withdrawing from the class.

  12. ACADEMIC CALENDAR
  13. FINALS SCHEDULE
  14. COURSE OUTLINE

     


    Module 1: Unit Systems

    This module presents the concept of unit systems for the fundamental dimensions of mass, length, and time used in physics. Additionally, derivation of units and the conversion of these units is presented.

    FUNDAMENTAL DIMENSIONS

     

    Fundamental Dimensions

    Units

    Unit Systems

    Derived Measurements

    Summary

     

    UNIT CONVERSIONS

     

    Conversion Factors

    Unit Conversion

    Steps for Unit Conversion

    Summary

    Module 2: Vectors (DOE Fundamentals Handbook Classical Physics)

    This module contains information to aid in the determination of the net effect of various forces on an object and includes graphing vectors, adding vectors, and determining component vectors of a resultant vector.

     

    SCALAR AND VECTOR QUANTITIES

     

    Scalar Quantities

    Vector Quantities

    Description of a Simple Vector

    Examples of Vector Quantities

    Summary

     

    VECTOR IDENTIFICATION

     

    In Written Materials

    Graphic Representation

    Graphic Representation of Vectors

    Summary

     

    VECTORS: RESULTANTS AND COMPONENTS

     

    Resultant

    Vector Components

    Summary

     

                    GRAPHIC METHOD OF VECTOR ADDITION

     

    Vector Addition

    Methods Used to Add Vectors

    Using the Graphic Method

    Summary

     

                   COMPONENT ADDITION METHOD

     

    An Explanation of Components

    Using the Component Addition Method

    Summary

     

    ANALYTICAL METHOD OF VECTOR ADDITION

     

    Review of Mathematical Functions

    Using the Analytical Method

    Summary

    Module 3: Force and Motion (DOE Fundamentals Handbook Classical Physics)

    This module presents Newton's Laws of force and motion.

     

                   NEWTON'S LAWS OF MOTION

     

                                  Summary

     

                   MOMENTUM PRINCIPLES

     

                                  Momentum

                                  Force and Momentum

                                  Conservation of Momentum

                                  Summary

    Module 4: Application of Newton’s Laws (DOE Fundamentals Handbook Classical Physics)

    This module describes the effect of static and dynamic forces on objects and includes a discussion of the forces commonly encountered in a nuclear facility.

                  

                   FORCE AND WEIGHT

     

                   Introduction

                   Force

                   Weight

                   Summary

     

                   FREE-BODY DIAGRAMS

     

    Constructing a Free-Body Diagram

    Summary

     

                   FORCE EQUILIBRIUM

     

                                  Net Force

                                  Equilibrium

                                  Summary

     

                   TYPES OF FORCE

     

    Tensile and Compressive Forces

    Friction

    Centripetal Force

    Centrifugal Force

    Summary

    Module 5: Energy, Work, and Power (DOE Fundamentals Handbook Classical Physics)

    This module defines energy, work, and power, identifies their various forms, and discusses the conservation of energy, work, and power including the measurement and calculation of each.

     

                   ENERGY AND WORK

     

    Energy

    Potential Energy

    Kinetic Energy

    Thermal Energy

    Mechanical Energy

    Work

    Summary

     

                   LAW OF CONSERVATION OF ENERGY

    Conservation of Energy

    Summary

     

                   POWER

     

    Power

    Thermal Power

    Mechanical Power

    Summary