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BOMB: The Race to Build-and Steal- the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon Nonfiction Book Study: Ch. 2 The U Business with Nuclear Fission Lab

This book study provides curated information and guided reading and assignments for the book BOMB by Steve Sheinkin

Essential Question

How did the contributions of physicists in the making of the atomic bomb affect the world as we know it?

Student Expectations

Book: We will read Chapter 2 “The U Business” together by interacting with the text using Nearpod and complete a lab report with a partner to examine the phenomena of nuclear fission.

I will write a summary of how nuclear fission works.


Lab: We will examine scientific theories using virtual labs to explore nuclear fission.

I will illustrate nuclear fission through a lab drawing. 


Activity: Nearpod and Lab

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Lab 1: Nuclear Fission

Lab 2: Nuclear Fission

At the end of this activity, you will be able to:
– describe a particular reaction of nuclear fusion.
– calculate the energy released during a reaction, given the masses of the substrates and the products.
– explain the operation of the Sun as a thermonuclear reactor.
– describe the operation of a hydrogen bomb.