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Nuclear Fission
Nuclear power reactors use a reaction called nuclear fission.
The fission is a source of energy for the generation of power.
Two isotopes in common use as nuclear fuels are uranium-235 and plutonium-239.
Fission is another word for splitting.
Uranium and Plutonium have relatively large nucleithat…

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Nuclear fusion
Nuclear fusion involves two atomic nuclei joining to make a large nucleus .Energy is
released when this happens.
Nuclear fusion involves a deuterium and a tritium nucleus colliding and being forced
together. Both nuclei are positively charged and therefore will repel each other . This is
known as…


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