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Plutonium

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Jordan Dewell

on 16 October 2012

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Transcript of Plutonium

Plutonium PU 94 244 Symbol: Atomic # Mass # Plutonium has 15 isotopes and none of them are stable making plutonium very... unstable... Plutonium has a melting point of
1,184 degrees Fahrenheit
639.8 degrees Celsius. The boiling point of plutonium is
5,849 degrees Fahrenheit
3,232 degrees Celsius. At room temperature plutonium behaves as a solid and looks like this... Main uses for Plutonium Bombs Power Fuel Plutonium is used to make bombs, but not just any bomb the Mother of All Bombs. Plutonium-239 is used to make nuclear bombs like the one dropped on Nagasaki. Nuclear weapons aren't used in today's warfare and have long been outlawed globally but are still being made and tested with by other countries. Plutonium-238 is not as powerful as 239 but gives off massive heat as it decays. By using a thermocouple we can convert the heat emitted by plutonium-238 and use it as energy. Some countries mix isotopes from plutonium and uranium to create fuel. This is called mixed-oxide fuel. This isn't fuel for a car it is fuel for commercial nuclear power reactors. Using mixed-oxide fuel is a big advantage because it increases the power output. Actin id Plutonium Costs about $4,000-$6,000 per ounce Plutonium was identified by chemist Glenn T. Seaborg, and his colleagues Joseph W. Kennedy, Edwin M. McMillan, and Arthur C. Wahl, in 1941 at the University of California. Plutonium is named after the word Pluto. Pluto is the Roman name for the Greek god of the underworld which basically means Plutonium is called "The Element of the Lord of Hell". http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/doc-collections/fact-sheets/plutonium.html http://www.epa.gov/radiation/radionuclides/plutonium.html#use http://www.world-nuclear.org/info/inf15.html interesting facts did you know? plutonium is used as the power source for NASA in space probes. in the 1940's scientists injected plutonium into terminally ill patients to test its affect because it was believed to heal their conditions. plutonium displays colorful affects when put into certain liquids. the bomb dropped on Nagasaki called "Fat Man" had a core entirely made of Pu-239. DubStep---> Press the play button only
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