P2.6 - AQA GCSE Physics Unit 2 - Overview




Nuclear fission and nuclear fusion

During the process of nuclear fission atomic nuclei split. This process releases energy, which can be used to heat water and turn it into steam. The steam drives a turbine, which is connected to a generator and generates electricity.

Nuclear fusion is the joining together of atomic nuclei and is the process by which energy is released in stars.

Candidates should use their skills, knowledge and understanding to:

■ compare the uses of nuclear fusion and nuclear fission. Limited to the generation of electricity.

This section of the second unit is broken into two sections:

P2.6.1 - Nuclear fission

P2.6.2 - Nuclear fusion

There is also a page suggesting practical experiments that should be carried out during the study of this section.