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What is nuclear fusion?



A. An explosion caused by putting together two volatile chemicals
B. The process of splitting nuclei to produce energy
C. The process of turning matter into pure energy
D. The process of combining lightweight nuclei to make heavier nuclei
E. A process that only occurs in bombs

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Asked by Moonshark, Last updated: Feb 28, 2018

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c.Dorothy

C.Dorothy

Answered on Feb 28, 2018

Nuclear fusion is a process in which the atomic nuclei that has a low atomic number fuses to form a much heavier nucleus through the release of energy. Basically this is the process of combining two or more lightweight nuclei in order to form one heavier nucleus.

Lighter elements like hydrogen and helium are generally more fusible. Heavier elements are subject to a different process call nuclear fission. During this process a heavier nucleus splits either spontaneously or on impact with another particle and releases energy this way.

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John Smith

John Smith

Answered on Feb 01, 2017

The process of combining lightweight nuclei to make heavier nuclei
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