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Nuclear Reactors Versus Atomic Bombs

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How is a nuclear reactor, designed to produce electricity, different from an atomic bomb?

A

A nuclear reactor uses about 90% uranium-235. An atomic bomb uses about 4% uranium-235.

B

In an atomic bomb, boron accelerates the fission process to produce large amounts of energy.

C

Only fission reactions occur in atomic bombs while both fission and fusion reactions occur in the nuclear reactor of a nuclear power plant.

D

Both nuclear reactors and atomic bombs contain enriched uranium.

E

Nuclear reactors are extremely efficient, with every neutron released from the split of a uranium atom being used to split another uranium atom. Atomic bombs are much less efficient.