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Atomic Cars
Have you ever seen a car like this?
Atomic car
Is it possible?
Atomic Cars
Cadillac World Thorium Fuel (WTF) concept car
1958 Ford Nucleon Concept
Back in 1958, the engineers at Ford envisioned a future filled with mobile nuclear reactors. They built this concept, the Ford Nucleon(福特核能车), to show the world their dream. The Nucleon would have a tiny reactor suspended between two pontoons(浮箱) at its rear(后备箱) good for 5,000 miles between “recharges.” So in addition to nuclear reactors rocketing up and down (上下运动) the nation’s highways, there would be radioactive way stations sprinkled across the landscape like the seeds of a Mad Max post apocalypse.
? ? ? ? ? ? ? Background Information Pre-reading Questions Listening and Answering Questions Vocabulary Main Idea Text Analysis Language points
Nuclear Power
? Nuclear Power, electrical
power produced from energy released by controlled fission( 原子的 裂变)or fusion of atomic nuclei (核聚变)in a nuclear reaction. Mass is converted into energy, and the amount of released energy greatly exceeds(突出) that from chemical processes such as combustion(燃烧过程).
? The first experimental nuclear reactor was constructed in 1942 amid tight wartime secrecy in Chicago, Illinois, in the United States. A prototype(原型) reactor was demonstrated at Oak Ridge, Tennessee(田纳西州), in 1943, and by 1945 three fullscale(全面部署) reactors were in operation at Hanford, in Washington State. These were dedicated to plutonium (生产原子的钚)production for nuclear weapons; however, the first large-scale commercial reactor generating electrical power was started up in 1956 at Calder Hall, United Kingdom.
The nuclear reactor of China.
Nuclear power is now a wellestablished source of electricity worldwide. The most common types of reactor are light water reactors, mostly pressurized(加 压的) water reactors (PWRs压水 堆) together with boiling water reactors (BWRs沸水堆). Gascooled and heavy water reactors make up the rest. Worldwide there are currently about 430 reactors operating in 25 countries providing about 17 percent of the world’s electricity. Nuclear reactors are also used for propulsion(推进) of submarines and ships, and there are a number of prototype(原型) and experimental reactors around the world. At present, only a few experimental fusion reactors(核聚 变反应堆) exist, none of which produce usable amounts of electrical power.
Atomic Submarines
Diagram of a PWR
Diagram of a BWR
The Schematic Diagram of The Atomic Submarines.
Simplest model of an atom
Pre-reading Questions

  1. T (The technical term for the splitting of the atom is called "atomic fission"原子裂变.)
  2. T (The rays are radioactive and may also be called "radiation".)
  3. T
  4. F (Atomic energy has been used in power stations, in ships and rockets, but not in cars.)
  5. F (It would be both convenient to use and cheap to keep, because a small piece of uranium can keep the car running for many, many years.)
Answer the questions orally
  1. Explain the following in your own words.
  1) ... because there is no outlay on petrol.
  1) ... because there is no need to spend money on petrol.

  2) ... depending upon how much you spend on petrol.
  2) ... the amount of money you would save by using atomic power is determined by how much you spend on petrol.

  3) ... with fatal results for anybody in its path.
  3) If anyone happens to be in an area where there is radiation, it will cost him his life.

  4) ... a metal that will be strong enough to hold in the rays, but at the same time light enough for a vehicle to carry with ease and economy.
  4) ... the metal will be strong enough to prevent the rays from escaping but at the same time it will be so light in weight that any vehicle can carry it without too much difficulty and without costing too much money.

  5) But it seems safe to say that eventually, as techniques and mass production come in atom engine, the price will go down.
  5) We have every reason to say that when new techniques and methods are introduced and when atomic engines can be produced on a large scale, the price, as a result, will be lowered.

  6) ... in every circumstance.

  6) under all conditions

  2. What kind of structure is the sentence "Harness atomic power in a car, and you'll have no more worries about petrol" ? Can you give an example using this structure?
  2. The sentence may be reworded as "If you can harness atomic power in a car, you'll have no more worries about petrol". The structure Imperative sentence + and you'll is equivalent to a conditional sentence structure formed by If..., you'll...

  3. What is the function of the word say in the sentence "But, say the experts, there are many problems still to be conquered before such an engine can in fact be fixed into a car“.
  3. Say is the predicate verb谓语动词 of the subject experts. The clause say the experts is in inverted order. The statement following the clause is a kind of direct speech. This loose journalistic style makes the article colloquial口语的,会话的 and informal.

  1. fill up again with fuel
  2. taking the hopeful view of things and expecting the best outcome
  3. use a natural force to produce useful power
  4. force a way into
  5. causing death, disastrous
  6. that cannot be put into practice
  7. being free from pain, worry or trouble; comfort
  8. elementary, fundamental
The main idea
It is possible to have an atomic car made cheaply with an ideal material, but it is doubtful whether it would be 100% safe.
Text Analysis
? Three parts: ? Introduction:(para.1-para.
  2) The problem is set forth clearly. ? The body: (para.3-para.
  7) The possibility of making atomic cars is discussed. ? The concluding:(para.
  8) The last sentence is an open-ended question, which the writer leaves for the reader to answer.
? Harness atomic power in a car, and you'll have no more worries about petrol. ? 祈使句,+and you'll= if..., you will... ? e.g Practise speaking English more,and you'll improve your oral English quickly. ? Travel eastward from Shanghai, and you'll gain an hour when you reach Tokyo.
language Points
? atomic ? adj.
  1.connected with atoms or an atom 原 子的;与原子有关的; ? atomic structure 原子结构 ?
  2.related to the energy that is produced when atoms are split; related to weapons that use this energy原子能的;原子武器的; ? atomic energy/ power 原子能/动力(核能) ? atomic bomb 原子弹
Language points
? refuel:(line
  1) vt. to take on a fresh supply of fuel 给...加油, 给....加燃料 e.g The concorde(协和式飞机)needs to refuel on flights of above 3500 miles.
Language Points
noun [C] an amount of money spent for a particular purpose, especially as a first investment in something:开 支,资金 e.g For an initial初期的 outlay of ?2000 to buy the equipment, you should be earning up to ?500 a month if the product sells well. verb [T] (outlaid, outlaid ) -mainly use e.g At the start we outlaid thousands of dollars on computers.
optimistic -adj. believing that good things will happen in the future 乐观的 e.g She is optimistic about her chances of winning a gold medal.
NOTE: The opposite is pessimistic.
optimist noun [C] someone who always believes that good things will happen:乐观 主义者 e.g She's a born optimist (= someone who has always been optimistic).
noun [U] the tendency to be hopeful and to emphasize the good part of a situation rather than the bad part; the belief that good things will happen in the future:乐观,乐观主义 e.g There was a note of optimism in his voice as he spoke about the company's future. e.g Optimism about the country's economic future.
v.-to control and use the force or strength of sth to
produce power or to achieve sth. 控制,利用(以产生能量等) e.g attempts to harness the sun's rays as a source of energy利用日光作为能源的尝试 e.g We must harness the skill and creativity of our workforce.我们必须尽量发挥全体职工的技能和创造力
n.a set of strips of leather, etc. for fastening sth to a
person's body or to keep them froming moving off or falling(用于人,起固定和保护作用的)背带,保护带 a safety harness 安全带 in harness(休假结束后)做正常工作 in harness(with sb)(同某人)联手;密切合作
  1.under or below sth在...之下;在...底下 e.g the warm sand beneath her feet 她脚底下温热的沙子
  2.if someone or sth is beneath you, you think that they are not good enough for you(等级,社会地位等)低于; e.g She seemed to think that talking to us was beneath her.她好像认为同我们说话降 低了她的身份
bonnet (METAL COVER) UK noun [C] (US hood) the metal cover over the part of a car where the engine is:(汽车引擎盖) I looked under the bonnet and clouds of smoke poured out.
? In theory it is, since already the atom has been harnessed to drive submarines and an atomic engine is already in existence. ? Theoretically it is possible, now that atomic energy has been used to drive submarines and an atomic engine has been made. ? 此处的since引导原因状语从句,since 引导的原 因状语从句预期较弱,表示对方已知的事实。相 当于汉语中的“既然”。 e.g Since we have no money, we can't buy it. Since you are going, I will go too.
  1. to win control of a country or defeat an enemy by fighting a war 占领;征服;击败 e.g Egypt was conquered by the Ottoman Empire in 15
  2. to get control over a feeling or a problem that you have, using a lot of effort(努力地)克服(情感 或困难); e.g I didn't think I'd ever conquer my fear of heights.我认为自己永远克服不了恐高症 conqueror n[C]征服者,胜利者
? An atomic reactor, the kind of engine that would produce energy by atom-splitting, throws off radition, extremely dangerous radiation. ? the kind of engine that would produce energy by atom-splitting本身是一个带定语 从句的名词性短语,整体作an atomic reactor 的同位语。后面的radiation 和 extremely dangerous radiation 是throw off 的宾语,采用了重复的修辞手法,强调辐 射的危险性。
  1. to enter sth or pass through it, especially when this is difficult穿透,渗透; e.g bullets that can penetrate metal能穿透金属的子弹 The sun penetrated through the clouds. 阳光穿过云层
  2. to join an organization, company etc in order to find out secret information渗入(某组织,公司等,以获取情 报); e.g Government agents were able to penetrate the rebel army.政府的间谍得以渗透到叛军内部 penetration n.穿透,渗透;洞察力;贯彻力
  1. resulting in someone's death致命的; fatal accident/ injury/ illness etc. e.g a fatal heart attack致命的心脏病发作
  2. having a very bad effect 灾难性的, 毁灭 性的; fatal mistake e.g Her fatal mistake was to marry the wrong man.她的大错就是嫁错了人。 fatally adv
? n.
  1. with ease-if you do sth with ease, it is very
? easy轻易,轻松 e.g It's the ease with which thieves can break in that worries me.我担心的是窃贼可以轻易地破门 入室。 your ease --feeling comfortable and confident感到舒适自在; e.g Nurses do try to make patients feel at ease. 护士确实尽力让病人感觉宽心自在。 ill at ease(=relaxed)不自在 e.g He looks so ill at ease in a suit.他穿起西装看 上去实在别扭 。
? ? ?
? v.
  1. to make sth less severe or difficult, or
to become lesssevere or difficult(使)减轻, 舒缓; e.g The drugs will ease the pain.这药会减 轻疼痛。 ?
  2. to move sth slowly and carefully into another place缓慢小心地移动(某物) e.g Ease the patient on to the bed. 慢慢将病人移到床上 ease off (v.)<情况>缓和,减弱 ease up <v.>放慢,放松
? adj--made from artificial substances, not natural ones 合成的,人造的; ? synthetically. adv
? .....the motoring world will be well on the way to an atomic car. ? be well on the way to (sth.): so much progress has been made that one is quite certain to achieve (sth.)[to是介词] e.g Jack is well on the way to being a competent computer programmer. ? 此外,on the way to 有“接近,在途中” 之意 ? e.g I met him on the way to town.
? It is extremely doubtful whether at the begining a really economic engine could be made, that is, one cheap enough to make it worth putting in a car. ? Interpretation: What has to be done first was to make a really economic engine, that is, one so cheap that it is worthwhile to be used as a car engine. These is great doubt about the possibility. ? 首先,是否能造出一台真正经济的引擎, 即一台便宜得值得放进汽


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