Nuclear fission is the splitting of a heavy nucleus to form two or more lighter molecules.
Recall: # of Neutrons (N) = Atomic Mass - Atomic number (Z)
When large radioactive nuclei are bombarded by high-energy particles, they can split apart, a process known as nuclear fission. In this process, the nucleus releases high-energy particles that can further cause other heavy nuclei to split, resulting in a chain reaction. Nuclear fusion happens when two lighter nuclei join together to form a single heavier nucleus. Both fission and fusion produce tremendous amounts of energy that can be used to generate power.
Which of the following nuclei could be used in a nuclear fission power plant?
A. 23592U (uranium-235)
B. 5626Fe (iron-56)
C. 9236Kr (krypton-92)
D. 14156Ba (barium-141)
E. 31H (tritium)
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