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Which statement describes a benefit of using fission reactions?

January 2020 NY Regents Chemistry Exam


30 Which statement describes a benefit of using fission reactions?

(1) Radioactive waste must be stored for long periods of time.

(2) Nuclear fuel consists of stable isotopes.

(3) Gamma radiation is produced.

(4) Large amounts of energy are produced per mole of reactant.


Solution: A benefit must be something positive. Storing radioactive water and producing gamma radiation are negative, eliminating choices 1 and 3. The reason fission reactions are used is to primarily produce energy.

Answer: 4


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