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Atomic and Nuclear weapons

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posted on Mar, 17 2006 @ 03:56 PM
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What's the difference between an atomic bomb and a nuclear bomb and in definite which one is more effective? (more destructive)




posted on Mar, 17 2006 @ 04:02 PM
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effectvly interchagable - if you are readig the terms in books and websites , then " atom bomb " etc are more prevalant in wwii and onwards - esp in america

nowadays " nuclear weapon " or " nuclear warhead " - are more common



posted on Mar, 17 2006 @ 04:10 PM
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nuclear weapons are more fuel proficient



posted on Mar, 17 2006 @ 04:21 PM
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?? are more fuel proefficient, so ur saying that nuclear weapons are different from atomic weapons.



posted on Mar, 17 2006 @ 04:24 PM
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that was meant as a joke.



posted on Mar, 17 2006 @ 04:25 PM
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Just go to how stuff works.

Atomic Weapons = Fission.

Nuclear Weapons = short for Thermonuclear Weapons.

Thermonuclear Weapons = Fusion.

Thus there's a HUGE difference in yield; efficiency and etc in the two.



posted on Mar, 17 2006 @ 05:08 PM
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Originally posted by Stratrf_Rus
Just go to how stuff works.

Atomic Weapons = Fission.

Nuclear Weapons = short for Thermonuclear Weapons.

Thermonuclear Weapons = Fusion.

Thus there's a HUGE difference in yield; efficiency and etc in the two.


pretty much. atomic have long lasting side effects. nuclear weapons burn #.



posted on Mar, 19 2006 @ 10:14 PM
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Originally posted by llfrequencyll
What's the difference between an atomic bomb and a nuclear bomb and in definite which one is more effective? (more destructive)



In a fission bomb, (atomic) heavy elements split, releasing energy. (plutonium, uranium etc..)

In a fusion bomb, (nuclear) light elements combine under tremendous heat, to make heavier elements. I.E. Hydrogen becomes helium... this reaction is what happens in the sun.

To be correct, both types can be considered both atomic and nuclear, these two terms mean the same thing in essence. The question you intended to ask is "What is the difference between a fission(WW2) and a fusion bomb(Bikini Atoll)?"

Both are unimaginably destructive and lethal. A thermonuclear bomb, I.E. Fusion Bomb, I.E. Hydrogen Bomb... is the more destructive of the two. The amount of energy released in a fusion bomb is DRAMATICALLY larger then a fission bomb.

The general order of intensity in terms of energy release from least to greatest goes like this:

Chemical (TNT, Blackpowder) -> Fission (Plutonium, Uranium etc) -> Fusion (Hydrogen, Deuterium etc) -> Anti-Matter/Matter Annihilation (Not used in weaponry currently)

Hope this helps clarify.



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