What Are Radioactive Substances? - Examples & Uses


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Which of these is not a type of dangerous radiation produced by radioactive substances?

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1. A radioactive substance ______.

2. Which of these is not a real-life use of a radioactive substance?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Radioactive substances produce a particularly dangerous type of radiation due to instability at the atomic level. This quiz/worksheet combo will help you test your understanding of the characteristics of radioactive substances. Some things you'll be assessed on include what is and isn't a type of dangerous radiation, why uranium-235 is radioactive, and what is and is not a real-life use of a radioactive substance.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on:

  • Identifying what is and isn't a type of dangerous radiation
  • Identifying why uranium-235 is radioactive
  • Identifying what is and is not a real-life use of a radioactive substance
  • Identifying which materials will block gamma rays
  • Identifying which radioactive substance is used in smoke detectors

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding radioactive substances
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the different types of radiation and the characteristics of radioactive substances
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information on radioactive substances and interpret it correctly

Additional Learning

You should also read the related lesson on Characteristics of Radioactive Substances. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Radiation isn't always dangerous
  • Radioactive substances
  • Three types of dangerous radiation
  • Use of radioactive substances