Describe that the energy release per gram of material is roughly six orders of magnitude larger in nuclear fusion or fission reactions than in chemical reactions. Know a small decrease in mass produces a large amount of energy in nuclear reactions as well as in chemical reactions, but the mass change in chemical reactions is negligibly small.
- Nuclear Processes
Nuclear processes are those in which an atomic nucleus changes; they include radioactive decay of naturally occurring and man-made isotopes and nuclear fission and fusion processes. As a basis for understanding this concept, students: