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Episode 527: Nuclear Transmutation

Produced by the Institute of Physics, this learning episode helps students to move beyond the idea that nuclear changes are represented solely by alpha, beta and gamma decay. Students learn that other events occur when a nucleus absorbs a particle and becomes unstable.

The activities in this learning episode look at:
* the transmutation of elements
* balancing equations
* induced fission
* fission products and radioactive waste
* worked example of a fission reaction
* controlled chain reactions
* fission calculations

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