What is Radiation? - Definition, Causes & Effects


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Radiation can be defined as the transmission of energy from a body in the form of what?

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1. What is the difference between ionizing and non-ionizing radiation?

2. Which cause of radiation is capable of producing both non-ionizing and ionizing radiation?

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About this Quiz & Worksheet

Test your ability to understand the components of ionizing radiation and non-ionizing radiation. Quiz questions assess your knowledge of what radiation is and the differences between ionizing and non-ionizing radiation.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on the following:

  • The definition of radiation
  • Differences between ionizing and non-ionizing radiation
  • The cause of radiation that can produce both ionizing and non-ionizing radiation
  • What an atom ejects to radiate in gamma decay
  • Health effects of radiation

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz let you practice the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension- ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson about radiation
  • Distinguishing differences- compare and contrast topics from the lesson, such as ionizing and non-ionizing radiation
  • Information recall- access the knowledge you've gained regarding the three most common types of ionizing radiation, which are alpha decay, beta decay and gamma decay

Additional Learning

To review concepts related to radiation, read through the brief lesson called What is Radiation? - Definition, Causes & Effects. This lesson will help you:

  • Identify what radiation is and the different types of radiation
  • Learn about non-ionizing radiation and how it lets off lower levels of energy such as electromagnetic radiation
  • Recall the components of ionizing radiation such as alpha, beta, and gamma decay
  • Review the risks and dangers of radiation and how it can impact health
  • Understand the benefits of radiation