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Courses Nuclear Engineering - Recommended Coursework

  1. Jun 1, 2009 #1
    Hello Hello,

    I'm an upcoming Freshman at Texas A&M and am entering the Nuke program there. Just curious as if there is some material I can get my hands on to expose myself to the topics going to be discussed, before the official start of school. I don't need university specific texts, just good material to read.

    I slammed through Cal 1 & 2 last summer before my senior year on my own, and it helped me excel in my Cal classes - so I thought I could bring those good habits into this summer and get that same heads up.

    I know basic Nuclear chemistry from outside study and my AP chem class a few years ago. I know physics up through Mechanics and partly into Electromag.

    I also can name every country in Europe;
    And every fruit I've eaten in the past 24 hours.

    But that's neither here nor there, any recommended readings?
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  3. Jun 1, 2009 #2
    Hey foobanksnuc,

    If it's your freshman year, you'll want to look at Lamarsh's Introduction to Nuclear Engineering. It gives a basic outline of most nuclear subjects you'll cover in an undergraduate course of study: radioactivity, reactivity, effects of radiation, and even a little history.
  4. Jun 3, 2009 #3


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    Nuclear Energy, Sixth Edition: An Introduction to the Concepts, Systems, and Applications of Nuclear Processes by Raymond Murray is a standard introductory level text.

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0123705479 - new & used are available.

    There are older versions with less detail, which are inexpensive. I used an older version when I taught the introductory course at A&M.

    A bit more pricey be good text is Nuclear Engineering: Theory And Technology Of Commercial Nuclear Power (SCPP) by Neil Todreas.
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