Arms Control Module
To allow the student to critically investigate the issues surrounding the dropping of atomic bombs on Japan.
- The Space Shuttle orbiting at 250 miles has a camera with a focal length of 3.2 meters. It is using film with an optical resolution of 125 lines/mm. What is the camera's resolution? What must the focal length be to resolve a license plate (one inch)? Is this possible? Explain.
- What features would you search for in a photograph of the Soviet Union if you were (a) interested in underground tests and (b) interested in the number of deployed missiles?
- What indicators other than seismic signals could you look for that might give some indication of underground testing?
- Design a treaty that will limit SLBMs. Focus on verification issues.
- Compare and contrast the US and Soviet nuclear forces. What problems does this pose to arms control treaties?
- Which nations do you think could make nuclear weapons from nuclear power programs?
- What technology and skills are required to produce nuclear weapons from their nuclear power programs?
- What is the connection between nuclear power and nuclear weapons?
- How did India make a nuclear bomb?
- How is weapons-grade plutonium produced?
- Why is it difficult to make a bomb using reactor-grade plutonium?
- Describe how U235 might be separated from U238?
- Describe the differences between boiling water reactors and pressurized water reactors?
- What is the potential impact of breeder reactors to nuclear proliferation?