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nuclear energy energy stored in the nucleus of an atom
fission the splitting of an atom's nucleus into two smaller nuclei
fusion the combining of two nuclei to produce a larger nucleus
Uranium 235 fissile isotope of Uranium, used in power plants to generate electricity
Uranium 238 most abundant isotope of Uranium, not fissile
neutron neutral atomic particle used to split Uranium nuclei
generator device that converts mechanical energy into electrical energy
Plutonium radioactive element formed when U238 absorbs two neutrons that undergo beta decay
Hydrogen element containing one proton that can be used for nuclear fusion
Helium waste product of nuclear fusion
thermal energy the total amount of energy in the particles of a substance
Chernobyl in 1986, a nuclear reactor explodes here and releases 100 times more radiation than bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki
Fukushima four of six reactors were damaged at a nuclear power plant here when, in 2011, an earthquake at sea caused a tsunami to hit the plant
Three Mile Island nuclear power plant in Pennsylvania that suffered a partial meltdown in 1979
turbine a device made to revolve by, often, using steam
meltdown an accident in a nuclear reactor in which the fuel overheats and melts the reactor core or shielding
Created by: lfurrow13
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