Nuclear Energy!

Tina Gawri

Chemical Reaction Of Nuclear


The nucleus of the U-235 atom comprises 92 protons and 143 neutrons 92 + 143 = 235. Atom captures a moving neutron then splits in to fissions. A large amount of heat is created by a small amount of uranium. Heat was required to produce steam to drive turbines and generators and that is why uranium was used.

It's Impact On Society

Nuclear energy has one of the lowest impacts on the environment. This source of energy does not release air pollution and takes a small amount of land. During the Second World War Nuclear energy was looked into for the study of bombs. Countries such as Belgium, Finland, Hungary, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland get one-third of nuclear energy. Nuclear energy has changed our daily lives without us realizing. This source has changed employment levels and has enhanced economic growth.

Benefits And Risks Of The Product

There are many benefits and risks of Nuclear energy. Nuclear energy is known to be one of the most environmentally friendly types of energy. The cost of protection of the people, makes this source a con. It's radioactive waste and its radiation does have an expensive cost to protect our environment. Nuclear energy is not a renewable source of energy, due to its limited amount of Uranium. Nuclear energy is not relied on by fossil fuels or by varying oils saving the cost of its gas. Nuclear energy does have a lot of power and is used for weapons. If this source of energy gets into the wrong hands, it can become a hazard to the lives of people. This source of energy does attract terrorists, and does have a connection to terrorist acts as their weapons are dependant upon this power plant.

Interesting Facts!

Worldwide, there are over 400 nuclear reactors producing energy for 31 countries. 20 percent of the US electricity is powered by Nuclear energy. The US is the first country to use a nuclear powered submarine. With the use of nuclear energy there have only been 3 major disasters. Nuclear fusion is the safest way to create power. Another interesting fact, is that the largest nuclear reactor is the Sun! Did you know that its scientifically proven that throughout your lifetime around your devices, theres as much radiation there would be if you were to be near a nuclear plant?! Growing countries, such as China and India, are still pursuing nuclear power. Another interesting fact, would be it can cost over 6 billion dollars to build one new reactor for a plant.

Who/When/Where discovered/created Nuclear Energy?

Physicist Enrico Fermi discovered nuclear fission in 1934. Enrico Fermi found that a much greater group of artificial radionuclides, could be formed when neutrons were used instead of using protons. As he continued his experiments, the physicist started producing heavier elements, including Uranium. He believed that having the neutrons move slowly rather than quickly, would operate more effectively and efficiently. Enrico Fermi, Leo Szilard along with Albert Einstein all worked together to co write a letter to President Roosevelt to continue their study. They agreed to inform him of the dangers of atomic technology of this reaction.

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