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Fission and Fusion

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State that in fission a nucleus of large mass splits into 2 nuclei of smaller mass numbers, usually with the release of neutrons.

State that fission may be spontaneous or induced by neutron bombardment.

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State that in fusion, 2 nuclei combine to form a nucleus of larger mass number.

Explain, using E = mc2, how the products of fission and fusion acquire large amounts of kinetic energy.

Carry out calculations using E = mc2 for fission and fusion reactions.

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When atoms are bombarded with neutrons, their nuclei splits into 2 parts which are roughly equal in size.

Nuclear fission in the process whereby a nucleus, with a high mass number, splits into 2 nuclei which have roughly equal smaller mass numbers.

During nuclear fission, neutrons are released.

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There are 2 types of fission that exist:

1. Spontaneous Fission

2. Induced Fission

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Some radioisotopes contain nuclei which are highly unstable and decay spontaneously by splitting into 2 smaller nuclei.

Such spontaneous decays are accompanied by the release of neutrons.

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Nuclear fission can be induced by bombarding atoms with neutrons.

Induced fission decays are also accompanied by the release of neutrons.

The nuclei of the atoms then split into 2 equal parts.

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A neutron travels at high speed towards a uranium-235 nucleus.

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The Fission Process

A neutron travels at high speed towards a uranium-235 nucleus.

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The Fission Process

A neutron travels at high speed towards a uranium-235 nucleus.

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The neutron strikes the nucleus which then captures the neutron.

The Fission Process

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- Nuclear Reactions
- Fission
- Nuclear Fission
- Spontaneous Fission
- Induced Fission
- The Fission Process
- Energy from Fission
- Energy Released
- Nuclear Fusion

- Gravitation
- Understanding Heat Transfer, Conduction, Convection and Radiation
- Sound
- Mechanical, Electromagnetic, Electrical, Chemical and Thermal
- Static and Kinetic Friction
- Newton’s laws of motion
- Thermal Energy

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