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1. Why does a fusion reactor produce less waste than a fission reactor?

2. How many grams of 235U must undergo fission to operate a 1 GW power plant for one day if it is 30% efficient? Assume each fission releases 208 MeV.
(1 MeV = 1.6x10-13 J) (1 g 235U = 2.5x1021 atoms).

3. Describe the purpose of the following nuclear reactor components.

a. Fuel
b. Moderator
c. Coolant
d. Containment

4. Describe each of the following radioactivity terms.

a. Alpha decay
b. Beta decay
c. Gamma decay
d. Fission
e. Half-life

5. What is a dirty bomb?

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