# Ch 15: Atomic & Nuclear Physics Lesson Plans

### About This Chapter

## Weekly Syllabus

Below is a sample breakdown of the Atomic and Nuclear Physics chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.

Day | Topics | Key Terms and Concepts Covered |
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Monday | Electrons, photons, and energy | The Photoelectric Effect, photon momentum, the relationship between energy and frequency, electron energy levels, photon and electron equations, and Planck's Constant |

Tuesday | Notable models and experiments | The Bohr Model, wave-particle duality, the atomic spectra, nuclear force, the Davisson-Germer Experiment, and building energy |

Wednesday | Radioactivity and equations | Different kinds of radioactive decay, the impact of radioactive decay on the nucleus, nuclear reaction predictions, balancing and calculating nuclear equations, half-life, reading decay graphs, and determining the rate of radioactive decay |

Thursday | Changes in energy and nuclear reactions | Nuclear binding energy, fission, mass-energy conversion, fusion, mass defect, carbon dating, disintegration energy, nuclear chemistry applications, and nuclear physics formulas |

Friday | Nuclear physics principles, models, and theories | Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle, examples of nuclear reactions, theories and models about the electron cloud, and related equations |

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### 1. The Photoelectric Effect: Definition, History, Application & Equation

In this lesson, you will learn what the photoelectric effect is, how it was discovered, how it applies to everyday life, and the equation associated with it. A short quiz will follow.

### 2. Energy & Momentum of a Photon: Equation & Calculations

After watching this lesson, you will be able to explain what wave-particle duality is, provide the equations for the energy and momentum of a photon of light, and use those equations to solve problems. A short quiz will follow.

### 3. Planck's Constant: Formula & Application

After watching this lesson, you will be able to explain what Planck's constant is and use the Planck-Einstein relation to calculate the energy in a photon of light. A short quiz will follow.

### 4. The Bohr Model and Atomic Spectra

Do you ever wonder where light comes from or how it is produced? In this lesson, we are going to use our knowledge of the electron configurations and quantum numbers to see what goes on during the creation of light.

### 5. Wave-Particle Duality & the Davisson-Germer Experiment

After watching this video, you should be able to explain what wave-particle duality is, explain how the Davisson-Germer experiment contributed to our evidence for it, and use the de Broglie equation to solve problems. A short quiz will follow.

### 6. Nuclear Physics: Nuclear Force & Building Energy

After watching this video, you should be able to explain what nuclear physics is, including the concept of binding energy. You should also be able to explain how fusion and fission work. A short quiz will follow.

### 7. 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.

### 8. 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.

### 9. 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.

### 10. 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.

### 11. 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.

### 12. Disintegration Energy in Nuclear Physics: Definition & Formula

After watching this video, you should be able to explain what disintegration energy is and use mass-energy equivalence to calculate the disintegration energy in a nuclear decay reaction.

### 13. Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle: Definition & Equation

The Heisenberg uncertainty principle is one of the core concepts in quantum mechanics. In this lesson, we define the uncertainty principle and learn more about its implications for physical science.

### 14. Electron Cloud: Definition, Model & Theory

Like the rapidly moving blades of a fan, electrons appear to occupy all of the space in an atom at once. Learn how electron location in an atom is best described by the electron cloud model and theory.

### 15. Nuclear Reaction: Definition & Examples

Learn the differences between a nuclear reaction and a chemical reaction. Also learn how the nuclear reaction involves subatomic particles including protons and neutrons. Discover the different types of nuclear reactions including fission and fusion and also how a nuclear power plant works to produce energy.

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