# Problem: Given that 0.1 percent of the mass of a sample of fissionable material is converted to energy upon nuclear fission. Estimate the amount of energy released upon the fission of 5 kg of Pu-239. A. 4.5 × 1011 kJB. 4.5 × 1014 kJC. 1.5 × 104 kJD. 1.5 × 107 kJ

###### FREE Expert Solution

We’re being asked to estimate the amount of energy released upon the fission of 5 kg of Pu-239.

We can calculate the energy using the following steps:

Step 1: Calculate the mass of fissionable material in kg.
Step 2: Calculate the energy using the following equation:

$\overline{){\mathbf{E}}{\mathbf{=}}{\mathbf{m}}{{\mathbf{c}}}^{{\mathbf{2}}}}$

E = energy, in J ( J = kg•m2/s2)
m = mass, in kg
c = speed of light, 3.00x108 m/s

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Given that 0.1 percent of the mass of a sample of fissionable material is converted to energy upon nuclear fission. Estimate the amount of energy released upon the fission of 5 kg of Pu-239.

A. 4.5 × 1011 kJ

B. 4.5 × 1014 kJ

C. 1.5 × 104 kJ

D. 1.5 × 107 kJ