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Applications and Implications of Nuclear Energy

Applications and Implications of Nuclear Energy


Students will describe nuclear energy, its practical application as an alternative energy source, and its potential problems.

Here are your notes. Remember this is just the basics.

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Nuclear Energy applications and implications

This is a longer video, but it is a good one. We will go into more detail in class about the disasters.

Source: various educators and Langhans

Applications and Implications: These are the “S” in WSQ. You must have them under your video notes completed by the due date on the Unit Plan.

1. The waste products of nuclear fission

a. are harmless.                                               b. are safe after 20 years.

c. can be destroyed by burning them.                d. remain radioactive for thousands of years.


2. Nuclear power plants use

a. uncontrolled fusion reactions.                     b. uncontrolled chain reactions.

c. controlled fusion reactions.                        d. controlled chain reactions.


3.  Which of the following is a benefit of using nuclear power?

a. Nuclear power plants are more expensive to build.

b. The supply of uranium is limited.

c. The use of nuclear power does not release harmful gases into the atmosphere.

d. Nuclear waste can be stored anywhere.


4. Energy for your home cannot yet be generated using nuclear fusion because

a. incredibly high temperatures are needed.

b. more energy is needed to create and contain the plasma than is produced by fusion.

c. it is very difficult to contain a plasma.

d. All of the above


5. Many of the technological advances over the last 50 - 75 years have been in the area of weaponry and warfare, such as atomic/nuclear weapons, radar, biological weapons, etc. These advances have both positive and negative aspects. Which statement describes a positive aspect of these advances?

a. Biological weapons are much safer than previous weapons used.
b. Because of the range of weapons these days, no place is really safe.
c. Advances in equipment like radar and body armor has prevented injuries that previously couldn't have been avoided.

d. The lingering radiation from atomic weapons kill people and destroy the land for a time well after the weapon is detonated.

Source: Langhans

Question- asking Higher Order Thinking (HOT) questions; use the following as your guide:

1. A question that you are still confused about (be specific, include which part of the video, etc)
2. A question that connects the videos together (i.e. asking about the relationship between the content)
3. A question you think you know the answer to, but you want to challenge your classmates with
Use your Unit Plan to help with question starters

Source: inspired by C. Kirch