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Reactor Kinetics and Operation

COURSE NO: N03-002
COURSE PROVIDER: Gilbert Gedeon, P.E.
Reactor Kinetics and Operation
Course Highlights

This online engineering PDH course introduces specific topics including sub-critical multiplication, reactor kinetics, and reactor operation.


Subcritical multiplication is the phenomenon that accounts for the changes in neutron flux that takes place in a subcritical reactor due to reactivity changes. It is important to understand subcritical multiplication in order to understand reactor response (reactor kinetics) to changes in conditions. Reactor Kinetics is the response of neutron flux and reactor power to changes in reactivity. As such, it is also important to understand the principles that determine how a reactor responds during all modes of operation.


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 the reactor operations.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Learning about sub-critical multiplication
  • Understanding reactor kinetics
  • Understanding reactor modes of operation
Course Document

In this professional engineering CEU course, you need to review Module 4, "Reactor Theory (Reactor Operations)" of the Department of Energy Publication DOE-HDBK-1019/2-93, "Nuclear Physics and Reactor Theory".

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Reactor Kinetics and Operation (1.7 MB)
Course Quiz
Once you complete your course review, you need to take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of eighteen (18) questions to earn 3 PDH credits. The quiz will be based on Module 4 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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