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Below is a sample breakdown of the Nuclear Chemistry chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.
|Day||Topics||Key Terms and Concepts Covered|
|Monday||Radioactive decay||Nuclear radiation, nuclear notation, atomic number, mass number, alpha decay, beta decay, gamma decay, alpha particles|
|Tuesday||Nuclear equations and reactions||Balancing equations, products, reactants, alpha decay, alpha particle, arrow, beta decay, beta particle, gamma decay, gamma rays|
|Wednesday||Radioactive decay||Half-life, decay, scaling up|
|Thursday||Nuclear energy||Joules, alpha particle, nuclear binding energy, mass defect, nucleons|
|Friday||Applications of nuclear chemistry||Fusion, fission, chain reaction, radioactive carbon dating, medical applications, radioactive tracers|
1. 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.
2. Balancing Nuclear Equations & Predicting the Product of a Nuclear Reaction
When a radioactive particle gives off radiation, what happens to the particle? This lesson will explain the three major types of radiation and what effect they have on the decaying atom.
3. 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.
4. Mass-Energy Conversion, Mass Defect and Nuclear Binding Energy
When you hear the term 'nuclear power,' what comes to mind? Do you know where that energy and power is coming from? In this lesson, we are going to zoom in on the nucleus of a helium atom to explain how something as small as a nucleus can produce an extremely large amount of energy.
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.
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