Lecture Plan for Nuclear Fission
Part 1: Introduction (10 Minutes)
- Introduce nuclear fission and explain why it is important to study.
- Describe basic components of fission including fissile isotopes, atoms, and energy.
- Provide a quick overview of the history of research on and development of nuclear fission.
Part 2: Theory (15 Minutes)
- Explain how atomic nucleus splits during fission and how that energy is released.
- Discuss the different types of energy generated by nuclear fission (thermal and kinetic).
- Explain the concepts of uranium enrichment and critical mass.
Part 3: Applications (15 Minutes)
- Outline the uses of nuclear fission in both civilian and military contexts.
- Describe how fission is used to generate electricity.
- Explain the potential risks involved with nuclear fission.
Part 4: Exercises (10 Minutes)
Exercise 1: Calculate the Energy Generated by Nuclear Fission (10 Minutes)
- Have students calculate the energy generated by nuclear fission using a given formula or determine how much uranium is needed to reach a given critical mass.
Exercise 2: Research a Civilian or Military Use of Nuclear Fission (10 Minutes)
- Have students use the internet to research a given civilian or military use of fission. They should be prepared to discuss their findings.
Part 5: Wrap-up (10 Minutes)
- Answer any remaining questions about nuclear fission.
- Recap the major points discussed during the lecture.
- Ask for feedback from students on the course.