Bill Willis, the webhost of http://www.worsleyschool.net, provided information on how a nuclear bomb works. Mr. Willis explains that there are two types of nuclear bombs, an atomic bomb and a hydrogen bomb. Nuclear bombs work of either splitting or combining atoms, because there is energy that is used in both those processes that if not used, will be released as an explosion. Hydrogen bombs release much more energy compared to atomic bombs because fusion produces much more stable elements, requiring less energy to bind, therefore releasing more energy.
Mr. Willis descirbes in much more detail on how these two bombs work just for educational purposes and is for anyone interested in physics or how these weapons are used. The last paragraph being about using these concepts for more beneficial resources shows the bias that Mr. Willis is not for the use to be warfare, also Mr. Willis describes the bombs, “weapons of mass destruction” which has a negative connotation.
The reason I read this article was because my teacher, Mr. Gurgen, brought up the though of how these bombs function. Not knowing the answer made me curious, so I searched the web for it.
What did you learn today as you read that you did not know before? What surprised you? Explain why it surprised you?
Prior to reading, I did not know that atomic bombs and hydrogen bombs were two different concepts. I never knew that humans have been capable of fusion which surprised me the most, because I thought the only existence of fusion was in the sun.