# Ch 15: Atomic and Nuclear Physics - High School: Homeschool Curriculum

The Atomic and Nuclear Physics unit of this High School Physical Science Homeschool course is designed to help homeschooled students learn about models, theories, and methods of measurement in atomic and nuclear physics. Parents can use the short videos to introduce topics, break up lessons, and keep students engaged.

## Who's it for?

This unit of our High School Physical Science Homeschool course will benefit any student who is trying to learn about the photoelectric effect, nuclear equations, and wave-particle duality. There is no faster or easier way to learn about atomic and nuclear physics. Among those who would benefit are:

• Students who require an efficient, self-paced course of study to learn about Planck's Constant, the Bohr Model, the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle, and other key concepts in atomic and nuclear physics.
• Homeschool parents looking to spend less time preparing lessons and more time teaching.
• Homeschool parents who need a physical science curriculum that appeals to multiple learning types (visual or auditory).
• Gifted students and students with learning differences.

## How it works:

• Students watch a short, fun video lesson that covers a specific unit topic.
• Students and parents can refer to the video transcripts to reinforce learning.
• Short quizzes and an Atomic and Nuclear Physics unit exam confirm understanding or identify any topics that require review.

## Atomic and Nuclear Physics Unit Objectives:

• Use the photoelectric-effect experiment to explain the photon nature of light.
• State Planck's Constant and describe how to apply the formula.
• Make a diagram that illustrates the Bohr Model.
• Use the Davisson-Germer experiment to explain the wave nature of electrons.
• Describe the field of nuclear physics and what it entails.
• Summarize types of radioactive decay and how they affect the nucleus.
• Balance a nuclear equation, and project the result of a nuclear reaction.
• Calculate the half-life of radioactive material, and demonstrate how to read a decay graph.
• Describe how mass and energy are related, and explain what mass defect and nuclear binding energy are.
• Explain how nuclear chemistry can be applied practically.
• Define disintegration energy.
• Explain how Einstein's work paved the way for modern technology like lasers and microwave ovens.
• Define the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle.
• Explain what the electron cloud model looks like.
• Describe the process of nuclear reaction.

15 Lessons in Chapter 15: Atomic and Nuclear Physics - High School: Homeschool Curriculum
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