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Using the Insider’s View Series: Nuclear Power

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Nuclear Power: Insiders View

(Please answer T for True or F for False)

____1. Nuclear power plants can be easily recognized because they all have a large cooling tower.

____2. The purpose of a cooling tower is to release excess radioactive material.

____3. In combustion, chemical energy comes from the electrons and combustion produces more energy than fission of an atom.

____4. The job of a turbine is to spin a generator.

____5. In a nuclear reactor, mechanical energy is converted into heat energy.

____6. The job of the condenser in a boiling water nuclear power plant is to change steam into water.

____7. In a boiling water reactor (BWR), the steam from the reactor goes directly to the generator to make electricity.

____8. After passing through a turbine, steam from the reactor goes to the condenser where it is cooled before returning to the reactor.

____9. The job of control rods in the reactor is to absorb electrons.

___10. Nuclear energy is stored in the nuclei of certain heavy elements.

___11. A reactor core contains fuel rods filled with ceramic-based fuel pellets containing uranium.

___12. Nuclear power plants have near-zero carbon emissions.

___13. A uranium fuel pellet has about as much energy as one barrel of oil.

___14. Control rods in the reactor can stop a nuclear chain reaction.

___15. Electricity is produced inside the reactor vessel.

Answer Key for NUCLEAR POWER

1F, 2F, 3F, 4T, 5F, 6T, 7F, 8T, 9F, 10T, 11T, 12T, 13F, 14T, 15F

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