This section describes how nuclear weapons work and the science behind them. This section also introduces the fundamental concepts of atomic physics including the concepts of isotopes, atomic number, and radioactivity. The effects of a nuclear weapons are also explained, along with three example scenarios of a nuclear explosion over a city.

Atomic Physics

Review the basics of the atom, Einstein’s famous equation, and various types of radiation.

Nuclear Fission

Learn about nuclear fission and how the first atomic bombs worked.

Nuclear Fusion

Explore the science behind the hydrogen bomb and learn the “secret” of the H-bomb.

Effects of Nuclear Weapons

Examine the thermal radiation, blast and human effects of nuclear weapons.

Example Scenarios

“What if” scenarios of nuclear explosions on various U.S. cities.