Hwk I - Chemistry 353 - Homework Set I (Due 9/18/07) Name:...

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Chemistry 353 - Homework Set I (Due 9/18/07) Name: 1. (10 points) In general, nuclear binding energies tend to increase on a per nucleon (protons and neutrons) basis early in the periodic table and then decrease later in the periodic table, with 56 Fe being the most stable nucleus 1 . As a consequence, nuclear fusion liberates energy when joining smaller nuclei and fission liberates energy when large nuclei are split apart. Fission has been realized, and is the basis of atomic energy, but fusion still remains an unsolved problem. However, suppose that a fusion reactor has been designed and is capable of producing 4 He from deuterium 2 H . Determine the number of watts that can be produced by such a fusion reactor that consumes 10 mg of deuterium each day and compare this result with the amount of energy that can be generated by the combustion of 10 mg of isooctane. 1 Thereby explaining why iron is so abundant in the universe.
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Hwk I - Chemistry 353 - Homework Set I (Due 9/18/07) Name:...

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