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Which shape is likely to need more material for a critical

Conceptual Physics | 12th Edition | ISBN: 9780321909107 | Authors: Paul G. Hewitt ISBN: 9780321909107 29

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Problem 8E

Which shape is likely to need more material for a critical mass, a cube or a sphere? Explain.

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Solution 8E Step 1 : Let's understand critical mass : It is the smallest amount of material needed to sustain the reaction In a fission reaction reaction , critical mass is the smallest amount of fissionable material needed to sustain a fission reaction Step2 : Cube needs more critical mass as it has larger surface area to volume ratio than a sphere

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Chapter 34, Problem 8E is Solved
Textbook: Conceptual Physics
Edition: 12
Author: Paul G. Hewitt
ISBN: 9780321909107

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