Nuclear Fission includes the following learning objectives:

  • Describe the process of induced nuclear fission and the subsequent chain reaction;
  • Describe the basic construction of a nuclear fission reactor, including the role of the fuel rods, control rods and moderator;
  • Describe the use of nuclear fission as an energy source;
  • Calculate the energy released in simple nuclear reactions;
  • Describe the peaceful and destructive uses of nuclear fission;
  • Describe the environmental effects of nuclear waste and safety aspects of using nuclear fuel.

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