Using Radioisotopes in the Sciences


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What is a radioisotope?

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1. Why are radioactive atoms unstable?

2. Which of the following is not an area of science where radioisotopes are used (and that was mentioned in this lesson)?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Use this quiz and worksheet to find out more about what you know. Quiz questions will cover areas like what radioisotopes are and how they are used.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Make use of these study tools to:

  • Explain why radioactive atoms are unstable
  • Identify an area of science that uses radioisotopes
  • Recognize a way in which radioisotopes are not used in medical science
  • Determine what radiometric dating is

Skills Practiced

Use the worksheet and quiz to practice the following study skills:

  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding why radioactive atoms are unstable and interpret it correctly
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as radioisotopes and radiometric dating
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the applications of radioisotopes

Additional Learning

This lesson will guide you to explore this subject further. The lesson is entitled Using Radioisotopes in the Sciences and it will teach you the following:

  • Define tracers
  • Understand how radioisotopes are used in medical science
  • Assess how radioisotopes are used in environmental and earth sciences
  • Recognize how the application of radioisotopes in materials science and construction