Types of Radioactive Decay and Their Effect on the Nucleus


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Which of the following has a mass of 1 and an atomic number of 1?

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1. Which of the following can be shielded by a piece of paper?

2. Despite human skin providing protection against alpha particles, why is it dangerous to ingest alpha particles?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Taking a look at how nature breaks its own self down, this quiz and corresponding worksheet will help you gauge your knowledge of radioactive decay types and effects. Topics you'll need to know to pass the quiz include understanding what kind of particle has a mass of one and an atomic number of one as well as knowing what can be shielded by a piece of paper.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use this printable worksheet and online quiz to review types of particles that:

  • Have a mass and atomic number of one
  • Can be shielded by a piece of paper
  • Become dangerous only when ingested or inhaled
  • Are high-energy electrons
  • Have no mass and don't change the composition of the nucleus

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz will let you practice the following skills:

  • Interpreting information - verify you can read information regarding a high-energy electron and interpret it correctly
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the various types of atomic particles
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related radioactive decay lesson

Additional Learning

To learn more about atomic particles, review the corresponding lesson called Types of Radioactive Decay and Their Effect on the Nucleus. This lesson will help you:

  • Understand what nuclear decay is
  • Identify the three major types of nuclear decay
  • Describe the characteristics of each type
  • Explain the difference between alpha and beta decay
  • Appreciate what can happen to an atom when it has too much energy