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&nbsp;Nuclear fission is where the nucleus of an atom is split in two. This is done by the addition of a neutron to the nucleus which initiates nuclear fission which also releases neutrons and produces a chain reaction causing the nuclear fission of more atoms. This reaction is used in nuclear power as it is very exothermic and subsequently releases a lot of heat energy which can be used to produce steam<ref>https://www.boundless.com/chemistry/textbooks/boundless-chemistry-textbook/nuclear-chemistry-19/nuclear-fission-137/nuclear-fission-543-6847/</ref>.
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Nuclear fission is where the [[nucleus|nucleus]] of an [[atomic mass|atom]] is split in two. This is done by the addition of a [[neutrons|neutron]] to the nucleus which initiates nuclear fission. Neutrons are released during nuclear fission and produce a chain reaction causing the nuclear fission of more atoms. This reaction is used in nuclear power as it is very exothermic and subsequently releases a lot of heat energy which can be used to produce steam<ref>https://www.boundless.com/chemistry/textbooks/boundless-chemistry-textbook/nuclear-chemistry-19/nuclear-fission-137/nuclear-fission-543-6847/</ref>.<br>
 
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Latest revision as of 20:01, 4 December 2016

Nuclear fission is where the nucleus of an atom is split in two. This is done by the addition of a neutron to the nucleus which initiates nuclear fission. Neutrons are released during nuclear fission and produce a chain reaction causing the nuclear fission of more atoms. This reaction is used in nuclear power as it is very exothermic and subsequently releases a lot of heat energy which can be used to produce steam[1].

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  1. https://www.boundless.com/chemistry/textbooks/boundless-chemistry-textbook/nuclear-chemistry-19/nuclear-fission-137/nuclear-fission-543-6847/
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