Ch 12: Basic Nuclear Physics

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This self-paced chapter offers a comprehensive overview of basic nuclear physics. Review fun lessons and take short quizzes in a secure online environment to boost your knowledge of radiation, radioactive decay and more as you work on an assignment or study for a test.

Basic Nuclear Physics - Chapter Summary

Make the process of studying basic nuclear physics simple using this chapter's entertaining lessons. Expert instructors present lesson materials in an engaging manner that helps you quickly and easily grasp the uses of a quark, types of radioactive decay and much more. Each lesson is paired with a multiple-choice quiz you can take to check your knowledge of these topics. Any questions that arise while studying this chapter can be submitted to our experts via the Dashboard. Enjoy around-the-clock access to these resources using any computer, smartphone or tablet. By the end of this chapter, you could be ready to:

  • Define and list causes and effects of radiation
  • Exhibit knowledge of the Henri Becquerel atomic theory
  • Share the definition and list types of radioactive decay
  • Describe how different types of radioactive decay impact the nucleus
  • Explain the basics of fusion, fission, carbon dating, tracers and imaging
  • Detail how to balance nuclear equations and predict the product of a nuclear reaction
  • Identify parts of the standard model of physics
  • Discuss the structure and uses of a quark

8 Lessons in Chapter 12: Basic Nuclear Physics
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What is Radiation? - Definition, Causes & Effects

1. What is Radiation? - Definition, Causes & Effects

Learn about the reality and pervasiveness of radiation in our world. Discover some of the causes of radiation, and find out about the risks and rewards of harnessing it for our use.

Types of Radioactive Decay and Their Effect on the Nucleus

2. 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.

Henri Becquerel Atomic Theory

3. Henri Becquerel Atomic Theory

Henri Becquerel made an important contribution to our understanding of atomic theory when he discovered the existence of radioactivity. In this lesson, learn about him and his amazing discovery.

Radioactive Decay: Definition, Formula & Types

4. Radioactive Decay: Definition, Formula & Types

In this lesson, we'll discuss radioactive decay and learn the terms parent nucleus, daughter nucleus, and half-life. We'll also examine three types of radioactive decay.

Balancing Nuclear Equations & Predicting the Product of a Nuclear Reaction

5. 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.

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

6. 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.

Standard Model of Particle Physics

7. Standard Model of Particle Physics

After completing this lesson, you will be able to explain what the standard model of physics is, name the particles that are part of the standard model, and some of the things it can't currently explain. A short quiz will follow.

What is a Quark? - Definition, Structure & Uses

8. What is a Quark? - Definition, Structure & Uses

Quarks are fundamental particles that are used by scientists to explain different types of phenomena. Learn more about them, subsequently testing your knowledge with a quiz.

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