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Ch 10.4 Fission and Fusion

Ch 10.4 Fission and Fusion

Author: deirdre carney
  • Compare and contrast nuclear forces
  • Describe the process of nuclear fission
  • Explain how nuclear reactors are used to produce energy
  • Describe the process of nuclear fusion

Nevada Science Standards

P.12.C.3 Students know nuclear reactions convert a relatively small amount of material into a large amount of energy. I/S

E.12.B.2 Students know stars are powered by nuclear fusion of lighter elements into heavier elements, which result in the release of large amounts of energy.

Next Generation Science Standards

HS-PS1-j Develop representations of the changes in the composition of the nucleus of the atom and the energy released during he processes of fission, fusion, and radioactive decay.

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CH 10.4 Fission and Fusion

Read Chapter 10.4 Fission and Fusion
Outline the reading in your Science Notebook & include major points and diagrams/tables.
You should focus on the following essential questions:
- Under what conditions does the strong nuclear force overcome electric forces in the nucleus?
- What property of fission makes it so useful?
- How are nuclear reactors used to produce energy?


Source: Prentice Hall: Physical Science - Concepts in Action

Fission and Fusion

Review the animation on the fusion and fission. Be sure to take notes in our Science Notebook.

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More on nuclear fission.

Video Clip: Marie Curie

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Nuclear Energy

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Focus on the production of Nuclear Waste.  Be sure to add notes to your Science Notebook