Helium Fusion and Degenerate Electron Pressure

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In a main sequence star, as the hydrogen nuclear fusion reaction speeds up in the core, you would expect:

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1. In a red giant, helium nuclei can crash into one another to start a thermonuclear reaction when:

2. The pressure in the helium core, one that doesn't depend on temperature is called:

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz/worksheet combo can help you quickly gauge your knowledge of the process of helium fusion, as well as properties of degenerate electron pressure.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these assessment tools to check your knowledge of:

  • A main sequence star
  • Helium nuclei
  • Pressure in the helium core
  • Helium fusion
  • Degenerate electron matter

Skills Practiced

This quiz and corresponding worksheet can help you practice the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related helium fusion lesson
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about degenerate electron pressure
  • Defining key concepts - verify that you can define main concepts, such as degenerate electron matter

Additional Learning

To learn more about helium fusion and degenerate electron pressure, review the accompanying lesson Helium Fusion and Degenerate Electron Pressure. This lesson will help you:

  • Identify the process of helium fusion
  • Examine characteristics of degenerate electron pressure
  • Learn how the triple alpha process occurs
  • Determine how nuclei overcome the Coulomb Barrier
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