• Neutrons can be used in a variety of ways.
  • One important use is in nuclear fission to produce new isotopes.
  • A neutron will collide with a large atom and cause it to split into smaller atoms.
  • Nuclear reactors utilize chain reactions involving neutrons to heat water which drive turbines for the generation of electricity.
  • In 1930, German researchers bombarded the element beryllium with alpha particles.
  • This produced large, neutral particles.
  • James Chadwick determined the neutron's mass and won the Nobel Prize in Physics.
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