THERMODYNAMICS What the high school science student should know to better understand nuclear energy Fred Gunnerson, Ph.D. University of Idaho firstname.lastname@example.org GNEP National Physics Teachers Workshop Idaho Falls, ID July 15-20, 2007. THERMODYNAMICS. ‘Zeroth Law’ (Temperature)
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THERMODYNAMICSWhat the high school science student should know to better understand nuclear energyFred Gunnerson, Ph.D.University of Idahogunner@if.uidaho.eduGNEP National Physics Teachers WorkshopIdaho Falls, ID July 15-20, 2007
Types of Energy
Work = F x d
Internal / Heat
Nuclear (E=mc2 nucleon binding energy)
Radiant (EM spectrum)
Uses of Energy
Sources of Energy
Nuclear (fission & fusion)
HEAT is generated by fission and radioactive decay
Heat boils water to steam,
which turns a trubine,
which turns a generator
which makes electricity.
Better use of fuels
Less waste with shorter half-lives
Advanced Fuels Testing
oxide / nitride / carbide / inert matrix / MOX / etc.
radiation damage / thermophysical properties / cross-sections / radiography / etc.