Ch 5: AP Chemistry: Nuclear Chemistry

About This Chapter

Watch nuclear chemistry video lessons and learn about carbon decay, half-lives, nuclear binding energy, and more. These lessons are just a portion of our AP Chemistry course.

AP Chemistry: Nuclear Chemistry - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

Nuclear chemistry involves the study of elements and molecules that exhibit radioactivity and nuclear reactions. In this chapter, your instructor explains nuclear decay particles, nuclear equations, and nuclear reactions. You'll learn about the half-lives of radioactive elements and how to calculate various nuclear processes. The lessons each focus on one aspect of nuclear chemistry, from balancing equations to the concept of mass defect. After completing this chapter, you should be able to:

  • Define nuclear reactions like fusion, fission, and carbon decay
  • Balance nuclear equations and predict their products
  • Perform calculations using half-life numbers
  • Describe the effects of radiation on atoms

VideoObjective
Types of Radioactive Decay and Their Effect on the NucleusLearn how radioactive decay works via effects on the nucleus and shielding requirements.
Balancing Nuclear Equations and Predicting the Product of the Nuclear ReactionUnderstand how to balance an equation with nuclear elements and predict the product of those equations.
Half-life: Calculating Radioactive Decay and Interpreting Decay GraphsExplore how to make calculations involving half-lives and use a graph to determine the half-life of a radioactive sample.
Mass-Energy Conversion, Mass Defect, and Nuclear Binding EnergyExamine the relationship between mass and energy as well as the concepts of mass defect and nuclear binding energy.
Fusion, Fission, Carbon Dating, Tracers, and Imaging: Applications of Nuclear ChemistryDiscover the ways in which scientists can use radioactive elements and reactions.

5 Lessons in Chapter 5: AP Chemistry: Nuclear Chemistry
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Types of Radioactive Decay and Their Effect on the Nucleus

1. Types of Radioactive Decay and Their Effect on the Nucleus

What is meant by the term 'radioactive'? In this lesson we will break down the three main types of nuclear decay particles and discuss their composition, their effect on the nucleus, and their applications.

Balancing Nuclear Equations & Predicting the Product of a Nuclear Reaction

2. Balancing Nuclear Equations & Predicting the Product of a Nuclear Reaction

When a radioactive particle gives off radiation, what happens to the particle? This lesson will explain the three major types of radiation and what effect they have on the decaying atom.

Half-life: Calculating Radioactive Decay and Interpreting Decay Graphs

3. Half-life: Calculating Radioactive Decay and Interpreting Decay Graphs

What causes a radioactive particle to decay? We'll never really know, but our best guess lies in probability. In this lesson, we are going to focus on the half-life, a way of measuring the probability that a particle will react.

Mass-Energy Conversion, Mass Defect and Nuclear Binding Energy

4. Mass-Energy Conversion, Mass Defect and Nuclear Binding Energy

When you hear the term 'nuclear power,' what comes to mind? Do you know where that energy and power is coming from? In this lesson, we are going to zoom in on the nucleus of a helium atom to explain how something as small as a nucleus can produce an extremely large amount of energy.

Fusion, Fission, Carbon Dating, Tracers & Imaging: Applications of Nuclear Chemistry

5. Fusion, Fission, Carbon Dating, Tracers & Imaging: Applications of Nuclear Chemistry

What can the sun do that we can't? How do carbon atoms 'date'? Are radioactive isotopes helpful in the medical field? The answers to these questions can be found in this lesson on the applications of nuclear chemistry.

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