Fission and fusion

This lesson will explore the processes of nuclear fission and nuclear fusion and how these important processes can, or could, be used for energy generation.

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Intro quiz - Recap from previous lesson

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Q1.Which type of radiation is most suitable to use within a smoke detector?

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Q2.Which type of radiation is most suitable to use in paper production?

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Q3.Which three properties will be important when choosing an isotope to use for medical diagnosis. The isotope will be injected into a patient.

Select three (3) boxes

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Q4.For each of the uses below, suggest which type of nuclear radiation would be most suitable.
Detecting cracks in underground pipes.
Measuring the thickness of aluminium in an aluminium mill.
Sterilising food.
Treating tumours within a patient's lungs.

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Q5.Which of the uses below will benefit from the isotope chosen having a long half-life.

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Quiz:

Intro quiz - Recap from previous lesson

Before we start this lesson, let’s see what you can remember from this topic. Here’s a quick quiz!

Q1.Which type of radiation is most suitable to use within a smoke detector?

1/5

Q2.Which type of radiation is most suitable to use in paper production?

2/5

Q3.Which three properties will be important when choosing an isotope to use for medical diagnosis. The isotope will be injected into a patient.

Select three (3) boxes

3/5

Q4.For each of the uses below, suggest which type of nuclear radiation would be most suitable.
Detecting cracks in underground pipes.
Measuring the thickness of aluminium in an aluminium mill.
Sterilising food.
Treating tumours within a patient's lungs.

4/5

Q5.Which of the uses below will benefit from the isotope chosen having a long half-life.

5/5

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Fission and Fusion (GCSE Physics only)

This quiz at the end of the lesson on Fission and Fusion will help you check you've correctly understood the key concepts of the lesson.

Q1.Which of these statement correctly describes nuclear fission?

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Q2.Which of these statement correctly describes nuclear fusion?

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Q3.Which process produces the most amount of energy per kg of fuel?

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Q4.What is the function of the control rods?

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Q5.In nuclear fusion, what decreases as the reaction progresses?

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Q6.What happens when a neutron is absorbed by a nucleus of an atom of Uranium-235?

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Q7.What is a chain reaction?

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Q8.How is the chain reaction slowed down in a nuclear reactor?

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Quiz:

Fission and Fusion (GCSE Physics only)

This quiz at the end of the lesson on Fission and Fusion will help you check you've correctly understood the key concepts of the lesson.

Q1.Which of these statement correctly describes nuclear fission?

1/8

Q2.Which of these statement correctly describes nuclear fusion?

2/8

Q3.Which process produces the most amount of energy per kg of fuel?

3/8

Q4.What is the function of the control rods?

4/8

Q5.In nuclear fusion, what decreases as the reaction progresses?

5/8

Q6.What happens when a neutron is absorbed by a nucleus of an atom of Uranium-235?

6/8

Q7.What is a chain reaction?

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Q8.How is the chain reaction slowed down in a nuclear reactor?

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Lesson summary: Fission and fusion

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