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Students will review:
This chapter helps students review the concepts in a nuclear chemistry unit of a standard AP chemistry course. Topics covered include:
- Balancing nuclear equations
- Predicting the product of a nuclear reaction
- Calculating radioactive decay
- Interpreting decay graphs
- Explaining mass-energy conversion, mass defect and nuclear binding energy
- Understanding applications for fusion, fission, carbon dating, tracers and imaging
- Identifying types of radioactive decay and their effect on the nucleus
1. Types of Radioactive Decay and Their Effect on the Nucleus
Radiation is a byproduct of nuclear energy, but only 1% of all radiation comes from the nuclear industry. Most radiation comes from natural sources, such as rocks or the Sun. Learn about the sources of radiation, the three main types of radioactive decay (alpha, beta, & gamma), and the effect of nuclear decay on the nucleus.
2. Balancing Nuclear Equations & Predicting the Product of a Nuclear Reaction
The key to balancing nuclear equations is to remember to place reactants on the left side of the arrow and products on the right side. The arrow between reactants and products is used to indicate change. Learn about radioactive decay (alpha, beta, & gamma), how to balance nuclear equations for nuclear decay, and how to predict the products of nuclear reactions.
3. Half-life: Calculating Radioactive Decay and Interpreting Decay Graphs
Scientists use the amount of time it takes for half of an isotope to react or decay, or half-life, of carbon-14 in carbon dating experiments to determine the age of substances. Learn about half-life, decay graphs, and how to calculate radioactive decay.
4. Mass-Energy Conversion, Mass Defect and Nuclear Binding Energy
During a nuclear reaction, small amounts of mass are destroyed and converted into massive amounts of energy in a process called mass defect. Learn about nuclear binding energy, mass defect, and how energy and mass are directly related.
5. Fusion, Fission, Carbon Dating, Tracers & Imaging: Applications of Nuclear Chemistry
Nuclear chemistry is the science of using radioactive isotopes and other nuclear reactions to diagnose and treat medical conditions and also to determine the age of artifacts through a process called carbon dating. Learn about nuclear fusion, nuclear fission, tracers, imaging, and practical applications of nuclear chemistry.
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- AP Chemistry: Acids, Bases and Chemical Reactions: Help and Review
- AP Chemistry: Equilibrium: Help and Review
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