Physics: Principles with Applications (7th Edition)

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ISBN 10: 0-32162-592-7
ISBN 13: 978-0-32162-592-2

Chapter 31 - Nuclear Energy; Effects and Uses of Radiation - Questions: 17

Answer

Gravitational attraction of stellar matter causes enormous density, pressure and temperature within the star’s interior.

Work Step by Step

In this environment, atoms have lots of kinetic energy. This allows them to overcome the Coulomb repulsion that would normally keep their nuclei apart. They fuse when they collide at high energy.
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