Scenario-based Approach for Nuclear Theory Learning

Principal Investigator
Prof. Mingda Li, Nuclear Science and Engineering
Fund: Alumni Class Funds
Funding Period: AY2020
Department/Lab/Center: Nuclear Science and Engineering

The project aims to improve students' learning experience of a few theoretical courses at NSE, including quantum mechanics, nuclear physics, and radiation-matter interaction, by putting students into fun and realistic scenarios. Compared to conventional approach that focuses on theoretical derivation with a small portion of the application, this approach focuses heavily on how to apply the theory to a real-world scenario. The scenario-based approach can both increase the interest and deepen the understanding, with a level of initial success of 22.02 and 22.12. Materials will be incorporated into future classes with further dissemination.