Ch 10: Atomic Energy

About This Chapter

This overview of atomic energy discusses topics like mass-energy conversion, nuclear fission, and nuclear fusion. You can use these short lessons and quizzes to prepare for a test or complete a homework assignment.

Atomic Energy - Chapter Summary

The lessons in this chapter on atomic energy review topics such as nuclear binding energy, naturally occurring nuclear fusion, and binding energy curves. You'll gain a better understanding of where nuclear power is coming from. Future possible uses for nuclear fusion will also be discussed. You'll be able to explain how something as small as a nucleus can produce large amounts of energy. After completing the lessons, you should be ready to:

  • Discuss energy derived from atoms, including fusion and fission
  • Explore the nucleus of a helium atom
  • Describe the process of nuclear fission
  • Identify where the process of nuclear fusion occurs naturally in the universe
  • Explain why fusion and fission are reactions that produce energy

Quickly refresh your memory on atomic energy with these brief text and video lessons. Vocabulary words are highlighted in bold for easy recognition. A brief multiple-choice quiz is available for each lesson to test your knowledge. You can also print the lesson quizzes and use them as worksheets.

5 Lessons in Chapter 10: Atomic Energy
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Mass-Energy Conversion, Mass Defect and Nuclear Binding Energy

1. Mass-Energy Conversion, Mass Defect and Nuclear Binding Energy

When you hear the term 'nuclear power,' what comes to mind? Do you know where that energy and power is coming from? In this lesson, we are going to zoom in on the nucleus of a helium atom to explain how something as small as a nucleus can produce an extremely large amount of energy.

What Is Nuclear Fission? - Definition & Process

2. What Is Nuclear Fission? - Definition & Process

The nuclei of some atoms decay by breaking into two smaller, more stable nuclei during a process called nuclear fission. Learn more about the process of nuclear fission and test your knowledge with a quiz.

What Is Nuclear Fusion? - Definition & Process

3. What Is Nuclear Fusion? - Definition & Process

Learn about the process of nuclear fusion and where it occurs naturally in our universe. Then go further by learning how we have harnessed its power and about some future possible uses for nuclear fusion.

Binding Energy Curves & Nuclear Energy

4. Binding Energy Curves & Nuclear Energy

Binding energy is the energy required to keep the nucleus of the atom intact. In this lesson, we will investigate the binding energy curves and why fusion and fission reactions release energy.

Electron Transitions & Spectral Lines

5. Electron Transitions & Spectral Lines

This lesson discusses how electrons transition between energy levels, why they do this, how photons are involved, how absorption and emission spectra come into play, and what the Lyman, Balmer, and Paschen series are.

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