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Some homes get energy from nuclear power plants.  Imagine a lamp in one of these...

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nesh1d4life | Student | (Level 2) eNoter

Posted January 19, 2013 at 2:46 PM via web

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Some homes get energy from nuclear power plants.  Imagine a lamp in one of these homes. Trace the energy path from the nuclear power plant to the lamp that is plugged in and turned on.  Include energy transformations in your description.

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ncchemist | eNotes Employee

Posted January 22, 2013 at 6:49 PM (Answer #1)

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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.

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