Notes on the Air We Breathe: Overview
Motivation - to understand the factors that determine air quality
Approach - understand basic chemical concepts relevant to this problem
amounts and concentrations
elementary chemical reactions
Notes on the use of coolants in reaction types
The primary coolant is the liquid that comes into contact with the reactor core, typically
boric acid, H3BO3. It also moderates the neutrons energy to make them more effective.
The secondary coolant transfers
Notes on the various uses of Nuclear powers
The Fires of Nuclear Fission
What is nuclear fission?
Is using nuclear energy safe for humans and the environment?
Is nuclear power a better source of energy than fossil fuels for generating electricity?
Notes on calculating densities of substances
Percent by mass is mass X per unit mass of substance, typically g or kg.
We can also specify number of molecules of X in some defined number of molecules in
Ex. 300 students per classroom
Notes on the no observable adverse effect levels of radon radiation
You can calculate your personal radiation dose by visiting a web page posted by the EPA, you
can calculate the radiation does that you receive in a year. This way we can also check if you
Notes on the management of nuclear radioactive wastes
Disposition of High Level Nuclear Radioactive wastes and its management:
Actively managed for generations: storage on or near surface which is either distributed or
centralized. This method is consider
Notes on the happenings at Chernobly
Chernobyl -what happened: April 26, 1986
While performing a safety test on Reactor 4, technicians allowed a power surge that
reached 120 times the rated capacity of the reactor.
The surge, or "slow nuclear explosion",
Notes on the use of neutrons in atomic explosions
Physics for Future Presidents is a great book that discusses this and other important
energy, climate and security issues. There is an excellent discussion of why (in the
authors opinion) dirty bombs shoul
Notes on the repair mechanisms of body cells with exposure to radiation
Radiation does-response curves informs us that cells have repaire mechanisms that can deal
withlow does of radiation
NOAEl stands for: no observable adverse effect level (lets think a
Notes on the properties of a nuclear reactor and its consequences
A nuclear reactor can not become a nuclear bomb.
In addition to the comparisons made in Table 7.6 consider the following:
A 1 GW conventional power plant emits 4.5 million tons of CO2 and 3