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Created for high school students, this animation illustrates the nuclear fission of a uranium atom. A short simulation accompanied by text demonstrates how the addition of one neutron to uranium-235 causes it to become the unstable atom uranium-236. The unstable nucleus of uranium-236 spontaneously splits into two lighter elements, releasing a substantial amount of energy along with three neutrons. These neutrons can then react with other uranium-235 atoms to create a chain reaction of fission. Students are able to use control buttons to play, pause, and move forward and backward through the simulation. Copyright 2005 Eisenhower National Clearinghouse
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