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Some homes get energy from nuclear power plants. Imagine a lamp in one of these...
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The nuclear reactor is ultimately a source of heat to drive a turbine shaft. So the chemical energy in the nuclear fuel is converted to heat energy as a result of the nuclear fission reaction. This heat then heats up water to turn it into steam. The steam is converted to mechanical energy when it forces a turbine to spin around. This turbine spins a magnet inside metal coils to produce electricity. So the mechanical energy is converted into electricity. The electricity flows from the power plant through power lines and into your house. The electricity is then converted into light and heat energy in the light bulb in the lamp.
Posted by ncchemist on January 22, 2013 at 6:49 PM (Answer #1)
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