What is Fission? - Definition, Reaction & Theory


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What is a fission reaction?

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1. In the fission reaction discussed in this lesson, how did the mass of the uranium-236 atom compare to the total mass of the products?

2. Which of these is NOT a reason that nuclear power is controversial?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Fission is the splitting of one substance into two or more parts; this quiz/worksheet combo will test your understanding of nuclear fission reactions. To pass the quiz you must be familiar with various fission reactions and other information from the lesson.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

These assessments will test you on the following:

  • The definition of a fission reaction
  • Reasons nuclear power is controversial
  • Neutron production following the fission of uranium-236
  • Dangers and concerns of nuclear power

Skills Practiced

Student will practice the following skills:

  • Information Recall- access the knowledge you've gained regarding fission reactions
  • Reading Comprehension- ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on fission reactions and theory
  • Knowledge Application- use your knowledge to answer questions about the reasons nuclear fission is sometimes considered a chain reaction

Additional Learning

Learn about fission reactions and the related theory by reviewing the lesson, What is Fission? - Definition, Reaction & Theory. Covered objectives include:

  • Review a diagram of a fission reaction
  • Define nuclear fission
  • Understand nuclear fission reactions