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Chapter 34: Nuclear Fission and Fusion
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Chapter Objectives:

  • Compare and contrast nuclear fission and nuclear fusion.
  • Describe nuclear fission reactions.
  • Explain the role of plutonium in nuclear fission.
  • Describe the Breeder reacton
  • Discuss the advantages and limitations of nuclear fission and nuclear fusion as energy sources.

Chapter Terms:

  • nuclear fission
  • chain reaction
  • critical mass
  • Breeder reactor
  • nuclear fusion
  • thermonuclear fusion

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Chapter Outline Framework:

  • Nuclear Fission
  • Nuclear Fission Reactions
  • Plutonium
  • The Breeder Reactor
  • Fission Power
  • Mass-Energy Equivalence
  • Nuclear Fusion
  • Controlling Fusion


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