Investigation: Splitting Atoms

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In a simple activity, physical scientists model nuclear fission using a droplet of oil. This can be used alone in a unit on different types of energy, or as part of the energy conservation unit produced by the Texas State Energy Conservation Office.

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CCSS: Adaptable
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  • A concise background reading and detailed procedures make this a valuable activity for young scientists
  • Supports CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6-8.3

  • No answer key provided for the Application section; make sure to create one if you are going to include it
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