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Other

Description:

This lesson introduces students to the basics of nuclear energy production. Topics include radioisotope thermoelectric generators, natural decay of radioactive isotopes, and chain reactions. There is also a discussion of how to control a chain reaction and some concepts of reactor design. The lesson includes an activity in which students operate an online simulation of a nuclear power plant, attempting to keep power output as high as possible without losing control of the reaction.

Subjects:

  • Science > General

Education Levels:

  • Grade 1
  • Grade 2
  • Grade 3
  • Grade 4
  • Grade 5
  • Grade 6
  • Grade 7
  • Grade 8
  • Grade 9
  • Grade 10
  • Grade 11
  • Grade 12

Keywords:

NSDL,Undergraduate (Lower Division),Ecology, Forestry and Agriculture,Higher Education,Space sciences,Electromagnetic radiation,Kinetic energy,Physical sciences,Social Sciences,Graduate/Professional,Space Science,Boiling water reactor,Environmental science,Pressurized water reactor,Astronomy,Half-life,Science,Control rods,NSDL_SetSpec_2634352,Chemistry,Physics,oai:nsdl.org:2200/20061003062106783T,Seebeck effect,Moderator,High School,Geoscience,Earth science

Language:

English

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