Problem: Which of the statements about fusion is correct?A. All these statements are correctB. Fusion reactions release a huge amount of energy but less than that fission reactionC. Fusion waste products are typically more hazardous than fission materialsD. The fusion of uranium-238 nuclei was at the heart of the first atomic bombE. Two lighter nuclei combine to form a heavier nucleus

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Heavy (large atomic mass) elements undergo radioactive reactions  (nuclear reactions) in order to increase the stability of their nuclei. 

Nuclear fusion is a nuclear reaction in which two or more atomic nuclei combine to form one or more larger atomic nuclei and subatomic particles.


The element in the reaction can be represented as:



Analyze each: 


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Which of the statements about fusion is correct?
A. All these statements are correct
B. Fusion reactions release a huge amount of energy but less than that fission reaction
C. Fusion waste products are typically more hazardous than fission materials
D. The fusion of uranium-238 nuclei was at the heart of the first atomic bomb
E. Two lighter nuclei combine to form a heavier nucleus

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