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Discuss what is meant by the term ‘critical mass.” and explain why the ability to achieve a critical mass is essential to sustaining a nuclear reaction.

Interpretation Introduction

Interpretation:

Interpret critical mass and its requirement for sustaining nuclear reaction.

Concept Introduction:

The atom consist nucleus and the electron. The nucleus of an atom consist proton and neutron and the electron is revolving around the nucleus. Mass number of an atom is equal to the sum of proton and neutron. Atomic number is equal to the number of proton or in ground state it is also equal to the number of electron.

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Critical mass is the minimum mass of the reactant or nuclide required for its reaction for fission.

Finding out the nuclear mass depends ...

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