Alpha Particle: Definition, Symbol & Properties


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In what way are alpha particles dangerous?

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1. What is the mass and charge of an alpha particle?

2. In which of the following situations is the term 'helium nucleus' usually used to describe alpha particles?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

How are alpha particles created, in what form do they appear, and what are their possible uses? This quiz and corresponding worksheet will test your ability to answer questions regarding these topics.

Quiz and Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on:

  • How alpha particles are dangerous
  • The mass and charge of an alpha particle
  • The ability to describe the situation in which alpha particles are referred to as 'helium nucleus'
  • Symbols used to represent alpha particles

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz will allow you to test the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information regarding the creation of alpha particles
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about radiation in a different light
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding chemical symbols and interpret it correctly
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the properties of alpha particles

Additional Learning

To learn more about these processes, review the accompanying lesson called Alpha Particle: Definition, Symbol & Properties. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Explain what an alpha particle is
  • Describe how alpha particles are created
  • Explore the phenomenon of alpha decay
  • Present chemical symbols used to represent alpha particles
  • Provide information about the uses of alpha particles in experiments