Conceptual Physics (12th Edition)

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

Chapter 34 - Think and Explain - Page 654-655: 44


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.

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