When large radioactive nuclei are bombarded by high-energy particles, they can split apart, a process known as nuclear fission. In this process, the nucleus releases high-energy particles that can further cause other heavy nuclei to split, resulting in a chain reaction. Nuclear fusion happens when two lighter nuclei join together to form a single heavier nucleus. Both fission and fusion produce tremendous amounts of energy that can be used to generate power.
Classify each of the following characteristics as related to fusion, fission, or both.
Both fission and fusion release lots of energy which is why they are used in nuclear power plants.