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So can i become nuclear engineer?

  1. Jul 9, 2011 #1
    I'm a student at Vietnam National University, in the partnership program with the France and other country like Switzerland...( called Physique Corpusculaire et Applications ) I'm not a good student. My first year i got only 2.83 for semester 1 and 3.08 for semester 2. I'm not good at physics and math. So any one can tell me, can i become nuclear engineer? Can a nuclear engineer is not good at physics and math?
    Sory for my poor English, because i learn French and other subject in French all the time.
    Thank you!
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  3. Jul 10, 2011 #2


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    Why would you want to become and engineer if you aren't good at math? (Unless you still like it)
  4. Jul 11, 2011 #3
    You know, i'm not good at math because my IQ is low. So any one know, that the nuclear engineer can work with out the pro skill in math( calucus, algebra) I have finish my freshman year and i will in sophomore year in September. Any way to increase my math skill?
    Thank you.
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    Practice practice practice!
  6. Jul 11, 2011 #5
    What kind of math that the nuclear engineer must have? You know, i'am not smart.
  7. Jul 11, 2011 #6


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    Try asking in the career guidance forum, they might be able to help you there. I really don't know all the details other than that you obviously need to know basic physics.
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  9. Jul 11, 2011 #8

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    "Any way to increase my math skill?
    Thank you."

    diligence. keep up with your math homework. work every problem assigned and the others that look interesting. I too am "math challenged" and in college spent 3 hours every night working my math. other courses had to take back seat.
    if i took care of math homework everything else seemed easy.

    Do not get behind in math homework it is ten times harder to catch up than keep up.

    you'll find the reactor physics course a little math intense because it involve fields.
    but i managed to get through it so you can too. buckling is buckling, stress in a beam or neutrons in a reactor it's the same equations.

    if it is your goal to do to work in nuclear power you might consider either mechanical or electrical engineering too. A power plant is a gigantic steam engine with a simple reactor for a heat source. The nuclear part of the reactor works great, it was invented by geniuses and needs little attention. The majority of plant work is in keeping all the pumps, motors, pipes and instruments in good repair. Typically a plant has only a few nuclear engineers but scores of electricals and mechanicals.
    In my career the courses that helped most were three phase power, electric machinery, electronic circuits, statics, and reactor operation. Of course freshman physics and math through diffy-Q.
  10. Jul 11, 2011 #9
    At my school, we go to Partial Differential Equations and up to Nuclear Physics on a pure side. We learn reactor physics and thermal hydaulics and others that aren't reactor focused. (Your standard radiological side of nuclear.)
  11. Jul 11, 2011 #10


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    One must be reasonable proficient in math and physics in order to be an engineer. If one is not good in math, then I'd recommend a degree in the humanities, e.g., public policy.
  12. Jul 12, 2011 #11
    Ok, thank everyone. Here are my result in freshman year:
    Semester 1:
    Internship General Physics: 9/10
    French A1: 9.3/10
    Mechanics 1: 6.7/10 :(
    Algebra: 6.6/10:(
    Calculus1: 6.8/10:(
    Semester 2:
    French A2: 9.5/10
    CS1: 9.6/10
    Thermodynamics and molecular physics: 7.9/10
    Calculus 2: 6.8/10 :(

    So it is the end of math general in my university. Next year i have to learn advance math and numerical...

    Is it ok for the freshman year?
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