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- Define nuclear energy.
- Look at examples of nuclear reactions.
- Explain how different types of radioactive decay affect the nucleus.
- Calculate radioactive decay using half-life.
- Discuss some of the common applications of nuclear chemistry.
- Examine the safety and health concerns regarding nuclear power plants and radioactive waste.
- Provide examples of radioactive materials.
1. What is Nuclear Energy? - Definition & Examples
You've probably heard of nuclear energy. But what is it? And what is the difference between fusion and fission? This lesson will answer your questions about this exciting form of energy that involves atoms and their nuclei.
2. Nuclear Reaction: Definition & Examples
Learn the differences between a nuclear reaction and a chemical reaction. Also learn how the nuclear reaction involves subatomic particles including protons and neutrons. Discover the different types of nuclear reactions including fission and fusion and also how a nuclear power plant works to produce energy.
3. Types of Radioactive Decay and Their Effect on the Nucleus
What is meant by the term 'radioactive'? In this lesson we will break down the three main types of nuclear decay particles and discuss their composition, their effect on the nucleus, and their applications.
4. Half-life: Calculating Radioactive Decay and Interpreting Decay Graphs
What causes a radioactive particle to decay? We'll never really know, but our best guess lies in probability. In this lesson, we are going to focus on the half-life, a way of measuring the probability that a particle will react.
5. Fusion, Fission, Carbon Dating, Tracers & Imaging: Applications of Nuclear Chemistry
What can the sun do that we can't? How do carbon atoms 'date'? Are radioactive isotopes helpful in the medical field? The answers to these questions can be found in this lesson on the applications of nuclear chemistry.
6. Risks of Nuclear Power Plants and Radioactive Waste: Safety and Health Concerns
Nuclear power can generate electricity without greenhouse gas emissions. However, there are concerns about its safety. Learn about the safety and health concerns associated with the threat of nuclear meltdowns, as well as the challenges involved in storing radioactive waste.
7. What Are Radioactive Materials? - Definition, Examples, Uses & Benefits
Radioactive materials are all around us. Some are beneficial, while others may cause us harm. In this lesson you'll learn what radioactive materials are and explore where they come from and how they can be useful to us.
8. Alpha Particle: Definition, Symbol & Properties
This lesson will explain what an alpha particle is and what symbols are used to represent it, and will also describe the properties of alpha particles. A short quiz will follow.
9. Atomic Nucleus: Definition, Structure & Size
The atomic nucleus is the central part of the atom. There is a lot to be told by the structure of the atomic nucleus. This lesson goes through he structure of the atomic nucleus and other factors that the atomic nucleus tells us.
10. Background Radiation: Definition, Causes & Examples
This lesson will define background radiation, explain how it is measured, discuss some of the sources and examples of background radiation, and briefly consider the risk to humans. A short quiz will follow.
11. Beta Particle: Definition & Symbol
In this lesson, we will learn what a beta particle is and introduce the symbol that represents it. We will also learn about both the dangers and the uses of beta particles.
12. Infrared Radiation: Definition, Uses & Effects
This lesson will explain what infrared radiation is and discuss a number of practical uses and effects of infrared, including its connection to climate change and the way the atmosphere responds to infrared waves. A short quiz will follow.
13. Radioactive Decay: Definition, Formula & Types
In this lesson, we'll discuss radioactive decay and learn the terms parent nucleus, daughter nucleus, and half-life. We'll also examine three types of radioactive decay.
14. What Are Radioactive Substances? - Examples & Uses
This lesson will explain what a radioactive substance is, give examples of radioactive substances and describe how radioactivity is used in everyday life.
15. What is Fission? - Definition, Reaction & Theory
In this lesson, you'll learn what nuclear fission is, how it works, and what it has to do with Einstein's theory of relativity. You'll also be introduced to a fission equation and the dangers and uses of fission.
16. What Is Nuclear Fission? - Definition & Process
The nuclei of some atoms decay by breaking into two smaller, more stable nuclei during a process called nuclear fission. Learn more about the process of nuclear fission and test your knowledge with a quiz.
17. What Is Nuclear Fusion? - Definition & Process
Learn about the process of nuclear fusion and where it occurs naturally in our universe. Then go further by learning how we have harnessed its power and about some future possible uses for nuclear fusion.
18. What is Radiation? - Definition, Causes & Effects
Learn about the reality and pervasiveness of radiation in our world. Discover some of the causes of radiation, and find out about the risks and rewards of harnessing it for our use.
19. What is Ultraviolet Radiation? - Definition, Uses & Effects
In this lesson you will learn what ultraviolet radiation is, how it is used, and its effects on humans, both positive and negative. A short quiz will follow.
20. What is UV Radiation? - Definition, Types & Effects
It is summertime and you are applying sunscreen to avoid sunburn. But did you wonder what sunscreen does and what it protects us from? In this lesson, we'll learn all about UV radiation and some of its effects.
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