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.
An introduction to Nuclear Energy
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
Read the article on Nuclear Energy at
Focus on the production of Nuclear Waste. Be sure to add notes to your Science Notebook