Below, Professor Michael Short describes various aspects of how he teaches 22.01 Introduction to Ionizing Radiation.
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
Typical Student Background
This is often students’ first experience with modern physics.
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