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Nuclear Characteristics of a Reactor

COURSE NO: N03-001
COURSE PROVIDER: Gilbert Gedeon, P.E.
Nuclear Characteristics of a Reactor
Course Highlights

This online engineering PDH course provides a fundamental understanding of reactor theory and neutron characteristics. It discusses basic topics such as neutron sources, neutron flux, neutron cross sections, reaction rates, neutron moderation, and prompt and delayed neutrons.


This 3 PDH online course is applicable to industrial and nuclear engineers, construction and design personnel, technical staff and facility operators who are interested in gaining a better understanding of reactor theory.

Learning Objectives

This PE continuing education course is intended to provide you with the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • Neutron sources
  • Nuclear cross sections and neutron flux
  • Reaction rates
  • Neutron moderation
  • Prompt and delayed neutrons
  • Neutron flux spectrum
Course Document

In this professional engineering CEU course, you need to review Module 2, "Reactor Theory" of the Department of Energy Publication DOE-HDBK-1019/1-93, "Nuclear Physics and Reactor Theory".

To view, print and study the course document, please click on the following link(s):
Nuclear Characteristics of a Reactor (3 MB)
Course Quiz
Once you complete your course review, you need to take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of fifteen (15) questions to earn 3 PDH credits. The quiz will be based on Module 2 of this DOE publication.


The minimum passing score is 70%. There is no time limit on the quiz, and you can take it multiple times until you pass at no additional cost.
Certificate of Completion

Upon successful completion of the quiz, print your Certificate of Completion instantly. (Note: if you are paying by check or money order, you will be able to print it after we receive your payment.) For your convenience, we will also email it to you. Please note that you can log in to your account at any time to access and print your Certificate of Completion.

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