Conceptual Physics (12th Edition)

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

Chapter 34 - Think and Explain: 58

Answer

The fissioning of a single uranium nucleus. The fusing of a gram of deuterium.

Work Step by Step

A comparison of Tables 34.2 and 34.3 shows that the fissioning of a single uranium nucleus releases about 10 times as much energy as the fusing of a pair of deuterium nuclei. A gram of deuterium contains many times more atoms than a gram of massive uranium atoms. Thus, there is much more more energy liberated per gram in the fusion of deuterium.
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