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Ch 4: Nuclear Chemistry: General Chemistry Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

The Nuclear Chemistry chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach nuclear chemistry in your classroom. The video lessons, quizzes and transcripts can easily be adapted to provide your lesson plans with engaging and dynamic educational content. Make planning your course easier by using our syllabus as a guide.

Weekly Syllabus

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.

DayTopicsKey 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

5 Lessons in Chapter 4: Nuclear Chemistry: General Chemistry Lesson Plans
Types of Radioactive Decay and Their Effect on the Nucleus

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.

Balancing Nuclear Equations & Predicting the Product of a Nuclear Reaction

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.

Half-life: Calculating Radioactive Decay and Interpreting Decay Graphs

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.

Mass-Energy Conversion, Mass Defect and Nuclear Binding Energy

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.

Fusion, Fission, Carbon Dating, Tracers & Imaging: Applications of Nuclear Chemistry

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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