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Name: Date: School: Facilitator: 5.01 Nuclear Energy Directions: Answer the following questions. 1. Compare and contrast nuclear fission and nuclear fusion [how are they alike and different]. Fission is the splitting of a heavy, unstable nucleus and fusion is the process of where two light nuclei combine together releasing vast amounts of energy 2. Which type of nuclear energy is used in commercial nuclear reactors to produce electrical energy? In two to three sentences, describe how a nuclear power plant works. Nuclear fission is the type of nuclear energy used in commercial nuclear reactors. Neutrons collide together with uranium atoms splitting them. The fission of the uranium atoms releases energy that heats the water over 520 degrees 3. Why is nuclear fusion not a viable source of energy for humans/society?
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Unformatted text preview: Because they require to use a lot of water to produce steam and when it gets cold it is released back in the rivers at a higher temperature 4. List two benefits that nuclear energy has over coal use. low pollution and high energy density 5. Explain how the use of nuclear energy “indirectly” contributes to the emission of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. the process of mining, refining, and transporting the uranium contributes to the green house gases being emmited into the atmosphere 6. What are two negative effects of using nuclear energy? They use large amounts of water and used uranium becomes radioactive wastes that is stored at the nuclear plants....
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