Conceptual Physics Alive: Fission and Fusion

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Arbor Scientific

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Master teacher Paul Hewitt distinguishes and compares fission and fusion.

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Observe Paul Hewitt teach in a classroom with real students, using engaging demonstrations and artwork. In this video, fission and fusion are distinguished and compared. Energy release from nuclear reactions is explained in terms of the resulting mass defects. Muon-induced cold fusion is briefly discussed. Segment length: 36 minutes

Fission and Fusion Includes: 

  • Hewitt begins with a historical perspective of atom smashers.
  • Sample fission reaction.
  • Small mass particles for moderating neutrons.
  • Energy comparisons.
  • Reactions of U-238, U-239, and Np-239.
  • Plutonium.
  • Bombs dropped on Japan during World War II.
  • Mass model for energy release of fission.
  • Mass/nucleon for the elements.
  • Chalkboard graph of nuclear mass versus atomic number.
  • Contrast with graph of mass/nucleon versus atomic number.
  • Skit of shaking nucleons to describe graphs.
  • Work required to remove a nucleon from a nucleus.
  • Fission of uranium and E = mc2.
  • Power production via fission.
  • Radioactivity of fission fragments.
  • Nuclear fusion.
  • Typical fusion reactions.
  • Energy conservation at the nuclear level.
  • Iron is the nuclear sink.
  • Fusion of iron in a star and star cooling.
  • Solar conversion of 4 1/2 million tons of mass to radiant energy per second (Correction to video: That's 4 1/2 million, rather than 4 1/2 billion as said in the lecture.)
  • Fuel for fusion — abundant hydrogen.
  • Laser-induced fusion.
  • Cold fusion, muon-induced.
  • Breeder reactors.
  • Speculations of a fusion age.
  • Apprehension of the future and Hewitt's analogy of his childhood experience of not knowing how to tie his shoes and worrying about social disapproval in later years.

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