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Atomic Bomb

Learn about the power of splitting an atom and the atomic bomb. Find out how detection of x-ray led to the discovery of radiation and creating thermonuclear fission. Learn how one of the greatest discoveries of humanity was used against it. Find out about events leading to the construction of the first atomic weapons, the Manhattan Project, people involved, bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and its consequences. Includes photographs, photocopies of historical secret documents, nuclear fission animations, audio and video files. There is a link to eThemes Resources on Manhattan Project and the U.S. President Harry S. Truman.


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Learn about the physics of a nuclear bomb and its development. Find out about the historical time when the first atomic bomb was developed and names of scientists, military personal, and politicians who worked on the project. Includes images of explosions.
Here is a timeline of events and scientific discoveries that led to the development of atomic weapons. Explore links at the top of the article to learn about the Manhattan Project, its timeline, and people involved. Read about the decision to drop nuclear bombs and its consequences. Includes photographs of bombs, Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and photocopies of important documents.
Read about Marie Curie and her discovery of radium.
Read about the scientific discovery of splitting an atom that led to building the first nuclear bomb. NOTE: The reading level is for older students.
View a photograph of the exploded atomic bomb in Japan and click on the ear-shaped icon at the top of the page to listen to a radio broadcast informing Americans about the event.
Read about the atomic bomb and click on highlighted words to learn about nuclear energy, the Manhattan Project, and a tragedy of two Japanese cities. NOTE: The site includes pop-up and banner ads.
Learn what role two German scientists, Albert Einstein and Leo Szilard, got to play in atomic weapons development. Click on the photograph in the lower left corner to enlarge it and read Einstein's thoughts on the previously signed letter.
This site contains a set of documents related to making the decision to use atomic bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. NOTE: The site leads to websites with ads.
Here is a 1.2 MB QuickTime movie of devastated Hiroshima a month after atomic bombing.
Click on English site to learn the basic principles of an atomic bomb and watch an animation of how nuclear fission works. Select links from the top frame to view photographs and read about different types of atomic bombs. Select links at the left frame in the "Stage1: The Reality of the A-Bomb Disasters" block of links to read testimonies, learn why the bombs were dropped on Japan, and view a map of damage done.
Teach critical thinking and research skills regarding President Truman's decision to drop the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in order to end World War II. NOTE: When using this resource, be sure to credit the author of the lesson plan.
Read the story of a Hawaii born man who is a Hiroshima bombing survivor. NOTE: The reading level is for older students.
View contemporary photographs of the city of Nagasaki and its people as they remembered the 60th anniversary after the atomic bombing.
This is an extensive web site dedicated to nuclear physics and weapons. Select the "Effects of Nuclear Weapons" link to learn about the blast, thermal and direct nuclear radiation, and fallout effects of an atomic bomb explosion. Click on the "Example Scenarios" link to read two scenarios of simulated nuclear explosions and their consequences in New York and San Francisco. Select the "Atomic Physics" and the "Nuclear Fission" links for chemical reaction animations and to learn more about nuclear physics. Select buttons at the top of the page for historical overviews and annotated photographs. NOTE: The site includes ads.
Read three scenarios of nuclear bomb explosions and learn how much damage each of them can produce. Select links at the bottom to learn about a bunker designed for government needs in case of a nuclear attack, view videos of nuclear blasts, take a panic quiz, and click on the "Timeline" link to learn about nuclear development and the growing Cold War fear. NOTE: This site includes ads.
Read a transcript and listen to the voice of Albert Einstein speaking on nuclear weapons.
Browse through scanned documents to learn more about the decisions surrounding the detonation of the atomic bomb. Use the tabs under the heading to view photographs, listen to oral histories, incorporate into lesson plans, and read chapters from a documentary history book.
These websites are about the Manhattan Project which the first nuclear weapon was developed during World War II by the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada. Learn about the history, key people involved, funding, its effects, and the science behind the development of atomic bombs. Includes lesson plans, interactive quizzes, and primary documents. There are links to eThemes Resources on the Atomic Bomb, World War II, and Albert Einstein.
These sites are about Harry S. Truman and some of his achievements and challenges in America's highest public office--the presidency of the United States of America. Includes links to the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum where you can find many resources including: lesson plans, student resources, and information on tours. Also includes links to a PBS documentary, a timeline, another lesson plan, and more. Links to the eThemes Resources on: the Atomic Bomb, the Korean War, the Cold War, and Senator Joe McCarthy and the Communist Scare.

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