Do you know what is uranium?

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The chemical element of atomic number 92, a dense grey radioactive metal used as a fuel in nuclear reactors.

Uranium is a chemical element, a metal that occurs naturally and is found to be 'radioactive'. By stating it to be 'radioactive' means that it shows nuclear disintegration i.e ejection of particles from its atomic nucleus at constant rate due to instability. Uranium is chemically represented with the abbreviation 'U' and has an atomic number of 92. In the periodic table, Uranium belongs to the category of 'Rare Transition Metals' which are commonly termed as 'Actinides', which are a series of heavy radioactive metals from atomic number 89- Actinium (Ac) to 103- Lawrencium (Lr) and is the fourth placed element in the whole actinide series. Uranium has 3 major isotopes:

1. U-238

2. U-235

3. U-234

with their relative abundances 99.7% for U-238, 0.29% for U-235 and <0.1% for U-234. Due to its property of being 'radioactive' uranium has diverse applications. Most commonly in nuclear power plants for electricity production.

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