This student hand-out was created specifically to accompany the PhET simulation "Nuclear Fission". It provides guided directions on using the simulation to ensure that students stay focused on learning goals. The simulation features a neutron gun that "fires" an accelerated neutron into a Uranium-235 nucleus. By using this printed guide, students will be prompted to think about what happens in a nuclear reaction, what makes a nucleus "fissionable" and how nuclear power containment vessels prevent a runaway chain reaction. The fission simulation, which must be open and displayed to complete this activity, is available from PhET at: Nuclear Fission. This lesson is part of PhET (Physics Education Technology Project), a large collection of free interactive simulations for science education.


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CCSS.Math.Content.HSF-LE.A: Common Core State Standards for Mathematics

Construct and compare linear, quadratic, and exponential models and solve problems

CCSS.Math.Content.HSF-LE.A.1: Common Core State Standards for Mathematics

Distinguish between situations that can be modeled with linear functions and with exponential functions.

CCSS.Math.Content.HSF-LE.A.1c: Common Core State Standards for Mathematics

Recognize situations in which a quantity grows or decays by a constant percent rate per unit interval relative to another.

CCSS.Math.Content.HSF-LE.A.3: Common Core State Standards for Mathematics

Observe using graphs and tables that a quantity increasing exponentially eventually exceeds a quantity increasing linearly, quadratically, or (more generally) as a polynomial function.
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