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Nuclear Power Plant

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Engineering, Technology, Ecology, Forestry and Agriculture, Chemistry, Geoscience, Physics, Space Science, Science and Technology, Social Sciences
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository, Environmental Science Activities for the 21st Century, UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository, Environmental Science Activities for the 21st Century, Environmental Science Activities for the 21st Century
Level:
High School, Community College / Lower Division, College / Upper Division, Graduate / Professional, Career / Technical, Adult Education
Language:
English
Material Type:
Activities and Labs, Images and Illustrations, Instructional Material, Interactive, Lesson Plans, Reference
Media Format:
Downloadable docs, Interactive, Text/HTML
Technical requirements:
Flash
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository Abstract:

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.

UCAR Staff Abstract:

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.

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