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If 25 atomic mass units (u) of a radioactive material are destroyed in a nuclear reaction, how much energy is released in MeV?
1 atomic mass unit = 931 MeV
25 atomic mass unit
= 931 x 25 MeV
= 23275 MeV
Hence, 23275 MeV of energy is released.
The following questions are about the nuclear reactor of a power plant.
a) Which isotope of uranium produces the energy in the fuel rods?
b) Will the fuel rods last forever?
c) Is the energy produced by nuclear fission or nuclear fusion?
d) What is the purpose of using the graphite moderator ?
e) What is the function of boron rods in the nuclear reactor?
f) Why is liquid sodium (or carbon dioxide gas) pumped through the reactor?