- Describe how a nuclear reactor works.
- Identify the fuel used in a nuclear reactor.
- Outline the nuclear fuel cycle.
- Recognize the role of Canada and Saskatchewan in nuclear technology.
- Explain why a nuclear explosion is not possible in a nuclear reactor.
- Identify some of the main features of the CANDU reactor.
- Recognize that nuclear energy is a controversial issue. Be able to state some concerns regarding this issue and some facts that support its use.
- Understand some concerns regarding the environment as a result of the use of nuclear and non-nuclear methods of electrical generation.
- Develop and defend a position which either supports or rejects the use of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes.
- Develop and defend a position which either supports or rejects the use of nuclear energy for military purposes.
- CANDU reactor uses natural uranium ore as its fuel.
- Saskatchewan has abundant deposits of uranium ore.
- Fuel bundles, the calandria, heavy water, control rods, and condensers are important components of the CANDU reactor.
- Nuclear reactors cannot explode like a nuclear bomb.
- In a nuclear reaction accident a meltdown may occur if there is a loss of coolant.
- The nuclear fuel cycle starts when uranium ore is mined and stops when it has been disposed of after use.
- Tailings are the waste material after the uranium has been extracted. They are slightly radioactive and must be disposed of properly.
- When a nuclear reactor has completed its useful service, it is decommissioned.
- Nuclear energy for peaceful purposes has many pros and cons.