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How do fusion and fission compare as viable nuclear energy power sources?

Material from Recent Physics Teachers Conferences and other sources




Microsoft Powerpoint


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Powerpoint by Dr David Hoxley and Bob Aikenhead of Latrobe University

Microsoft Word

Tritium: The Back Story

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A 3 page Word document about the properties, risks and uses of Tritium. The document was written following a sensationalised article that appeared in the Age in February, 2017.

Text Resources

  • Caro, McDonell & Spicer 1980, Modern Physics, 3rd edn, Edward Arnold, London.
  • Hore-Lacy, I & Hubery, R 1997, Nuclear Electricity: An Australian Perspective, Australian Mining Industry Council, Melbourne.
  • Rhodes, R 1988, The Making of the Atomic Bomb, Penguin.
  • Scheider, W 2001, A Serious but not Ponderous Book about Nuclear Energy, Cavendish Press, Ann Arbor, from Cavendish Science

Audiovisual Resources

It is recommended that teachers should view any video before purchase.

Marcom Projects: Nuclear Power, Einstein's Equation of Life and Death, What is Nuclear Energy?

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Assessment Ideas




Adobe PDF

Fear goes Nuclear

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Two articles on Fukoshima from a magazine, one four page and one three page.


Article on Fukushima

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An article comparing the risk of nuclear radiation from Fukushima with other health risks.


A Practice Media Response SAC on Chernobyl

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A practice SAC with sitting conditions, performance descriptors as well as questions.


Radioactivity SAC - Media Analysis

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A SAC tiitled 'Fukushima - All Hyped Up' with sitting conditions, performance descriptors as well as questions. Article is not included.