Author: Betsy Wilkening
Subject Nuclear Energy
Level High School
Nuclear Energy, Nuclear Fission, Nuclear Fusion are these the answers to the world's energy woes? Fossil Fuels supply greater than 90% of the world's energy, yet their supply is finite.
Your job is to explore Nuclear Energy and report back to the class about it. You will need to create a written report and an oral presentation. The written report will be at least four pages long per group, or about one page per person on his or her topic. The presentation will be 5 minutes per person.
Decide which member of your group will be covering which topic.
Break up the topic evenly. You may do your research together, and write one cohesive report that contains the four parts listed above. However, each member of the group must participate in the presentation. A starting point for your research is given below. If you would like to create a PowerPoint for your presentation that is optional.
Below are links to websites to help you start your research. Feel free to explore beyond these sites to get more information.
Fossil Fuels Background California Energy Commission - http://www.energyquest.ca.gov/story/chapter08.html
Facts about Palo Verde - http://www.nucleartourist.com/us/pvngs.htm
Nuclear Energy Revival - http://whyfiles.org/130nukes/index.html
Nuclear Energy Background California Energy Commission - http://www.energyquest.ca.gov/story/chapter13.html
Uranium and explanation of nuclear energy - http://www.uic.com.au/uran.htm
How nuclear power works - http://science.howstuffworks.com/nuclear-power.htm/printable
What is Fusion? - http://fusioned.gat.com/what_is_fusion.html
Slideshow on fusion - http://fusioned.gat.com/slideshow.html
What is Hydrogen Energy? - http://www.hynet.info/hydrogen_e/index00.html
Nuclear & the Hydrogen Economy - http://www.usnews.com/usnews/tech/nextnews/archive/next041209.htm
Nuclear Energy & Hydrogen Production - http://pubs.acs.org/cen/coverstory/8237/8237nuclearenergy.html
Nuclear energy to produce hydrogen - http://www.eere.energy.gov/hydrogenandfuelcells/production/high_temperatures.html
DOE News, Nuclear & Hydrogen - http://www.eurekalert.org/features/doe/2003-12/danl-nr031804.php
IAEA site Nuclear & Hydrogen - http://www.iaea.or.at/inis/aws/htgr/abstracts/abst_30027279.html
NEI site Nuclear & Hydrogen: http://www.nei.org/index.asp?catnum=2&catid=265
The papers and the presentation will be graded based upon four factors. They are each worth 25 points to give a total of 100 points.
Now that you've explored Fossil Fuels, Nuclear Energy, and Hydrogen, you should understand more about them. Nuclear chemistry provides us with energy now, and can be more important as our supplies of fossil fuels dwindle. Next time you hear or read a news story that speaks about fossil fuels I hope you have a better understanding of where the alternatives lie.