Impact of Radioactive Decay on Matter


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Use the clue to identify the type of radiation: cannot penetrate a piece of paper.

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1. Which type of radiation does not involve a particle?

2. Which type of radiation can only be stopped by dense materials such as lead?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Quickly and easily measure your understanding of radiation and radioactive decay using this quiz and worksheet combo. You must be familiar with different types of radiation in order to answer all questions contained in this assessment.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Your ability to do the following will be measured when you take this quiz:

  • Identify which type of radiation cannot penetrate a piece of paper
  • Note which type of radiation does not involve a particle
  • Describe the most dangerous type of radiation for living organisms
  • State the type of radiation that involves the release of an electron and can penetrate part way into skin
  • Explain which type of radiation is the number two cause of lung cancer in the U.S.

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the lesson, such as which types of radiation cannot penetrate paper and can partly penetrate skin
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding radiation that does not involve a particle
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the types of radiation that cause lung cancer and are the most dangerous type for living organisms

Additional Learning

Further explore this topic with the lesson titled Impact of Radioactive Decay on Matter. By using this lesson, you can learn more about:

  • How radioactive decay is defined
  • What other term describes the alpha particle
  • What radon is
  • What happens during beta decay
  • How gamma rays are emitted