Learning and Teaching for Mathematical Literacy

Supporting materials – 5H

Energy Density of Uranium

various contrasting sources

There is no doubt that fissioning 1kg of uranium in a nuclear power station produces more energy than burning 1kg of coal - but how much more?

The links below discuss three very different figures – 60× 16,000× and 2-3 million × more.

Note: it really depends on exactly what you mean by '1kg of uranium' - the refined metal, the fissionable isotopes that make up a small fraction of that… or the unrefined ore dug out of the ground (considering that coal pretty much burns straight out of the ground).

Supporting material for the book Learning and Teaching for Mathematical Literacy by Hugh Burkhardt, Daniel Pead and Kaye Stacey (ISBN 9781032301174).

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