The use of nuclear energy in society is certainly one of the most widely debated and probably one of the most widely misunderstood topics in physics today. The public understanding gap needs to be addressed, so that scientifically literate people will be able to make well-informed decisions regarding the use of nuclear energy. It could be argued that an understanding of nuclear energy is a basic requirement for all students.
In order to be able to make such informed decisions, people need a solid knowledge base upon which to form opinions. This Core Unit is intended to provide students with such a broad base of knowledge and information from which they can form opinions and debate the use of nuclear energy.