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Episode 526: Preparation for Nuclear Fission Topic

Students may have strong feelings about the use of nuclear technology. Activities in this topic, from the Institute of Physics, help students make informed judgments on questions such as nuclear waste disposal or the use of depleted uranium in weaponry.

There are two learning episodes:

Episode 527: Nuclear transmutation

Episode 528: Controlling fission

Following completion of the activities, students should be able to:

1. use balanced equations to represent transmutation, fission and fusion events

2. calculate mass and energy changes in such fission and fusion events

3. understand how a chain reaction can arise in fissile material

4. explain how a controlled chain reaction is managed in a nuclear power reactor.

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