Nuclear Weapons

Global Politics

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PL SC 014 Wednesday, April 14th, 1999 Announcements: None Lecture notes: I. Nuclear Weapons A. Three Types 1. Fission a. A bombs b. Type of bomb used during World War II c. Gets its power from splitting atoms d. Uses Enstein's equations e. Most have a radioactive source, usually uranium 1. It causes the best chain reaction f. Amount needed for explosion to be successful is called the critical mass g. In modern bombs they have the uranium in two separate parts so that they will come together when the bomb is detinated and will therefore be safer. 2. Fusion a. Emplode substance b. Mainly uses platonium c. more powerful than fission bombs d. Most bombs are fission-fusion-fission bombs 3. Neutron a. Technically illegal b. Kills all lifeforms, but leaves all buildings behind c. Acts like a microwave B. Three types of Nuclear Weapons 1. Landbased a. largest part of the Russian arsenal b. ICBM ( Inter-Continental Balistic Missiles) c. Russia has rail launched and mobile missiles 2. Airbased
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