Written LessonLesson 1.0
Question 1.11 Neptunium. In the fall of 2002, scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory determined that the critical mass of Neptunium-237 is about 60 kg. The critical mass of a fissionable material is the mini-mum amount that must be brought together to start a nuclear chain reaction. Neptunium-237 has a density of 19.5 g/cm3. What would be the radius of a sphere in this material that has a critical mass?
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Source University Physics with Modern Physics by Hugh D. Young and Roger A. Freedman, 14th Edition.
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