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Ch 4: Nuclear Chemistry

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Watch video lessons to learn about radioactive decay, nuclear reactions, mass-energy conversion and the many applications of nuclear chemistry. Use the quizzes that follow each lesson to test your knowledge of these concepts.

Nuclear Chemistry - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

The term 'nuclear chemistry' may make your mind immediately go to thoughts of bombs and destructive fallout. There's a lot more to this field as our short video lessons will show you. In this chapter, our professional instructors cover the mass-energy relationship in addition to nuclear processes like fusion and fission.

You'll study radioactive decay and its effects while also learning about the half-life. Our video lessons, which contain transcripts and self-assessment quizzes, give you the chance to learn nuclear chemistry at your own pace. View the lessons to learn more about the following:

  • Differences between alpha and beta decay
  • Radioactive decay graphs
  • Balancing nuclear equations
  • Scientific and medical applications of nuclear chemistry

Video Objective
Types of Radioactive Decay and Their Effect on the Nucleus Examine the applications and effects of nuclear decay particles.
Balancing Nuclear Equations and Predicting the Product of a Nuclear Reaction Learn about the three main forms of radiation and discover how to write nuclear equations.
Half-Life: Calculating Radioactive Decay and Interpreting Decay Graphs Find out how to determine the half-life of a radioactive sample.
Mass-Energy Conversion, Mass Defect and Nuclear Binding Energy Discover the amount of power that is produced by the nucleus.
Fusion, Fission, Carbon Dating, Tracers & Imaging: Applications of Nuclear Chemistry Discuss the processes of nuclear fusion, nuclear fission and radioactive carbon dating.

5 Lessons in Chapter 4: Nuclear Chemistry
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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