2nd October 2019

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How is an atom split in an atomic bomb?

When a uranium-235 atom absorbs a neutron and fissions into two new atoms, it releases three new neutrons and some binding energy. Two neutrons do not continue the reaction because they are lost or absorbed by a uranium-238 atom. This causes a nuclear chain reaction. For more on this topic, see Nuclear Fission.

Also know, how does an atomic bomb work?

There are two types of nuclear bombs, fission bombs and fusion bombs. Fission means to break apart and fusion to merge. The fission bomb works on the principle that it takes energy to put together a nucleus with many protons and neutrons. Splitting the nucleus up again then releases some of that energy.
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