Nuclear Energy: Is it good or is it bad?

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Nuclear Energy: Is it good or is it bad?

  1. 1. Nuclear Energy: Is it good or is it bad? Task: 1. Each group will be assigned a different topic to research. 2. Once your research is complete, you will create a poster that outlines your research. 3. Each group will present their research to the class. 4. After all groups have presented, you will individually have to decide whether you think nuclear power should or should not be used. You will have to give evidence from the presentations to support your decision Process: Below are the following web sites that you must go to, in order to answer the following questions. Try splitting up the questions between group members to save time. When you have answered the questions for your group, create a colorful poster using the answers to your questions and pictures from the Internet. For the following web sites, copy and paste them to your web browser. The following web sites are meant to guide you in your research. If you find a web page that is more helpful, feel free to use it. Group 1: The Historian: 1. What happened before the 1950s that would become instrumental in the development of nuclear energy in the future? http://www.energy.gov/about/timeline1939-1950.htm
  2. 2. 2. What happened during the 1950s that would prove significant in the development of our nuclear arsenal? http://www.energy.gov/about/timeline1951-1970.htm 3. Discuss the development of peaceful uses of nuclear energy. http://www.energy.gov/about/timeline1951-1970.htm 4. What was the feeling in the United States during the 1960s as it applied to the use of nuclear energy and to the threat of a nuclear war? http://www.energy.gov/about/timeline1951-1970.htm 5. What part did the federal government play in the regulation of nuclear energy in this country during the 1970s? http://www.energy.gov/about/timeline1971-1980.htm 6. The storage of nuclear waste became an issue during the 1980s. Explain. http://www.energy.gov/about/timeline1981-1990.htm 7. What happened during the 1990s that would affect the use and regulation of nuclear energy in the United States and worldwide? http://www.energy.gov/about/timeline1991-2000.htm 8. What has happened to the use and regulation of nuclear energy since the advent of the new millenium? http://www.energy.gov/about/timeline2004.htm http://www.energy.gov/about/timeline2003.htm http://www.energy.gov/about/timeline2002.htm http://www.energy.gov/about/timeline2001.htm Group 2: The Physician: 1. What is a tracer? 2. What are some of the more widely used radioisotopes? 3. Why has nuclear medicine replaced exploratory surgery in such procedures as locating brain, thyroid and kidney tumors? 4. What are tumors? 5. What are some of the risks associated with radiation therapy? 6. Describe some of the procedures in which nuclear medicine is used. 7. Compare the risks and benefits of using nuclear medicine. http://www.radiology-info.org/nuclear-medicine-positron-emission-tomography/pros- consside-effects.html http://www.atomicmuseum.com/tour/nuclearmedicine.cfm http://cis.nci.nih.gov/fact/7_1.htm http://www.mymedadvice.com/default.asp?U=/html/7/gls_3939.htm
  3. 3. Group 3: The Power Plant Operator: 1. How do nuclear power plants work? 2. Describe the key components of nuclear power plants, such as fuel rods, control rods, moderators, generators and cooling systems. 3. How many power plants are there in the U.S.? The world? How many are still active in the generation of electricity? 4. Discuss 3 Mile Island and what happened there. 5. Were there any long term effects on people and the environment after the incident at 3 Mile Island? 6. What happened at Chernobyl? 7. What was the aftermath of the Chernobyl incident (locally and worldwide)? 8. How far-reaching was the fallout from the Chernobyl incident? 9. Do the risks associated with the use of nuclear power plants outweigh the benefits provided by them? http://www.belarusguide.com/chernobyl1/chfacts.htm http://www.solcomhouse.com/nuclear.htm http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/national/longterm/tmi/tmi.htm http://science.howstuffworks.com/nuclear-power5.htm http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/three/maps/index.html http://www.seabrookstation.com/sbsSeabrookStation.nsf/TopicDetails/IndustryNuclear +PowerHow+a+nuclear+power+plant+works Group 4: The Military Officer: 1. How does a nuclear bomb work? 2. What is the difference between fission and fusion? 3. Describe the structure of the atom bomb. 4. What was the aftermath of the bombing of Hiroshima in terms of human life, quality of human life and economics? 5. The United States used the atom bomb to end a war. Today many more countries have nuclear weapon greater than those used at Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Do the risks of global warfare outweigh the protection they provide? 6. What countries currently have nuclear bombs? http://www.pppl.gov/fusion_basics/pages/fusion_energy.html http://www.energyquest.ca.gov/story/chapter13.html http://www.howstuffworks.com/nuclear-bomb.htm http://particleadventure.org/frameless/radio_part.html http://www.wisegeek.com/how-does-an-atomic-bomb-work.htm http://www.wagingpeace.org/articles/2007/07/19_krieger_greatest_immediate.htm
  4. 4. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atomic_bombings_of_Hiroshima_and_Nagasaki Group 5: The Sanitary Engineer: 1. What are fission by-products? 2. What are transuranics? 3. Discuss waste from uranium mining and enrichment (where it is stored, how it must be handled, how dangerous is it, what is its half-life) 4. What is low-level nuclear waste? 5. What is high level nuclear waste? 6. How is the disposal of low-level nuclear waste different from the disposal of high level nuclear waste? 7. What are some possible storage options for radioactive nuclear waste? 8. What do you think is the best option for storing nuclear waste? http://www.history.rochester.edu/class/EZRA/ http://education.jlab.org/qa/transuranic_01.html http://www.whatisnuclear.com/articles/waste.html http://www.posse.net/high_lev.htm http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/doc-collections/fact-sheets/enrichment.html http://library.thinkquest.org/17940/texts/nuclear_waste_storage/nuclear_waste_storage.ht ml http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radioactive_waste Group 6: The Archeologist: 1. What is radon? 2. How does radon enter your house? 3. Why does a tightly sealed house make the radon problem worse? 4. How can you reduce radon levels in your home? 5. What is radon's half-life? 6. Would radon be as dangerous if its half-life were much shorter or much longer? Explain. 7. What is carbon dating and how does it work? 8. What are some of the uses for carbon dating? 9. What do the topics of radon and carbon dating have in common? 10. What dangers can flying have on your health? 11. Modern life is filled with danger: where we live, how we travel. Do the dangers outweigh the luxury of our lifestyle? http://www.howstuffworks.com/radon.htm http://www.howstuffworks.com/carbon-14.htm
  5. 5. http://energy.cr.usgs.gov/radon/georadon/3.html http://energy.cr.usgs.gov/radon/georadon/2.html http://www.ohiou.edu/ehs/rad/flying.htm Evaluation: You will be graded on how well you answer the questions and on the design of your poster. The answers to the questions in your specific section will be worth 20 points. Your poster that you make to deliver the findings of your research to the class will be worth 10 points and will be graded based on organization, content, and creativity. Finally, your response to whether nuclear power is beneficial to use or not worth the risk will be worth 5 points. You must provide explanations to your response based on the other class members’ findings. Total Project = 35 points
  6. 6. http://energy.cr.usgs.gov/radon/georadon/3.html http://energy.cr.usgs.gov/radon/georadon/2.html http://www.ohiou.edu/ehs/rad/flying.htm Evaluation: You will be graded on how well you answer the questions and on the design of your poster. The answers to the questions in your specific section will be worth 20 points. Your poster that you make to deliver the findings of your research to the class will be worth 10 points and will be graded based on organization, content, and creativity. Finally, your response to whether nuclear power is beneficial to use or not worth the risk will be worth 5 points. You must provide explanations to your response based on the other class members’ findings. Total Project = 35 points

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