The breakdown of U235 atom - simple formula

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The breakdown of U235 atom - simple formula

Postby mrs1234 on Sun Apr 27, 2014 9:09 am

Hi could anyone help me out with a question in my geology book? It's been so long since I did any math that I cant figure out how to do this.

This is my problem:

When a neutron strikes a U235 atom, the following fission reaction occurs:

U235 = Ba141 + Kr92 + 3 neutrons + ENERGY

In the second cycle of this reaction, the 3 neutrons that were released will split 3 more U235 atoms, releasing 9 neutrons.

I would be so grateful for your help!
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Postby stapel_eliz on Sun Apr 27, 2014 10:34 pm

mrs1234 wrote:When a neutron strikes a U235 atom, the following fission reaction occurs:

U235 = Ba141 + Kr92 + 3 neutrons + ENERGY

In the second cycle of this reaction, the 3 neutrons that were released will split 3 more U235 atoms, releasing 9 neutrons.

The above consists of two statements. What was your question about these statements? What are you wanting to do with these?

Please be specific and complete. Thank you! :wink:
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