Conceptual Physics (12th Edition)

Published by Addison-Wesley
ISBN 10: 0321909100
ISBN 13: 978-0-32190-910-7

Chapter 34 - Think and Explain: 44

Answer

The average distance increases. This increases the probability of an explosion. Assembling small pieces decreases total surface area, increases the average escape distance, and reduces neutron leakage. These factors increase the probability of a chain reaction and a subsequent explosion.

Work Step by Step

This is discussed on page 640.
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