Differentiate between nuclear fission and nuclear fusion.
Nuclear fission and nuclear fusion can be differentiated as follows.
|Nuclear fission||bNuclear fusion|
|Definition||Fission is the splitting of the heavy nucleus of a radioactive atom into smaller nuclei.||Fusion is the fusing of two or more lighter nuclei into a heavy nucleus.|
|Natural occurrence of the process||The process of nuclear fission does not normally occur in nature.||Fusion occurs in stars, such as the sun|
|Energy released||The energy released by fission is a million times greater than that released in chemical reactions, but is lower than the energy released by nuclear fusion.||The energy released by fusion is three to four times greater than the energy released by fission.|
Concept: Nuclear Energy
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