The purpose of this page is to make it easy and convenient for students and others
to find out about the essential concepts that every nuclear engineer should know.
Obviously this is an enormous task that will never be complete, but you can help
by sending your contribution. If you have a suggestion or contribution, know of
a good web link, etc, please contact me.
Please help me make this page grow.
The Utility of Mathematics (www.catb.org) - by Eric S. Raymond (archive pdf
37kb), this essay discusses the best current understanding of the
relationship between mathematical and empirical knowledge. It focuses
on two questions:
1. Does mathematics have some sort of deep metaphysical connection with reality, and
2. if not, why is it that mathematical abstractions seem so often to be so powerfully predictive in the real world?
Math review manual - brought to you by
the Mathematics & Statistics department at McMaster University, for first year students.
Refresh Your Maths
- brought to you by Nuclear Technology Education Consortium (NTEC) in
the UK. Very good refresher for engineers getting back in the groove
after being away from math for a few years.
Notes on Diffy Qs: Differential Equations for Engineers,
By: Jiří Lebl, UW-Madison. A one semester first course on differential
equations, aimed at engineering students. Prerequisite for the course
is the basic calculus sequence. This free online book (e-book in
webspeak) should be usable as a stand-alone textbook or as a companion
to Edwards and Penney, Differential Equations and Boundary Value
Problems. Mostly OPEs but a little on PDEs. Excellent.
See Notes on Diffy Qs: Differential Equations for Engineers, By: Jiří Lebl above.
methods links - very comprehensive site by Douglas N. Arnold at Penn