Below, Professor Michael Short describes various aspects of how he teaches 22.01 Introduction to Ionizing Radiation.
- Meet Prof. Michael Short
- What Is the Course All About?
- Opening Knowledge Gaps in Nuclear Science
- Hands-On Learning
- Prioritizing Teaching, Empowering Students
This course, which is the first subject in the Nuclear Science and Engineering undergraduate degree sequence, has no prerequisites. It is generally taken in the first semester of sophomore year, after two semesters of freshman calculus and physics.
Every fall semester
The students’ grades were based on the following activities:
- 36% Problem sets
- 20% First quiz
- 20% Second quiz
- 24% Third quiz
Breakdown by Year
Breakdown by Major
Mostly Nuclear Science and Engineering majors, with some Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and Mechanical Engineering students.
Typical Student Background
This is often students’ first experience with modern physics.
How Student Time Was Spent
During an average week, students were expected to spend 12 hours on the course, roughly divided as follows:
Met 3 times per week for 1 hour per session; 36 sessions total; mandatory attendance
Out of Class
- Weekly problem sets that typically included a number of simpler questions as well as more complex questions or lab exercises
- Preparation for quizzes