Ch 10: Chapter 10: Nuclear Chemistry

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The Nuclear Chemistry chapter of this Prentice Hall Physical Science Companion Course helps students learn the essential physical science lessons of nuclear chemistry. Each of these simple and fun video lessons is about five minutes long and is sequenced to align with the Nuclear Chemistry textbook chapter.

How It Works:

  • Identify the lessons in Prentice Hall Physical Science's Nuclear Chemistry chapter with which you need help.
  • Find the corresponding video lessons within this companion course chapter.
  • Watch fun videos that cover the nuclear chemistry topics you need to learn or review.
  • Complete the quizzes to test your understanding.
  • If you need additional help, rewatch the videos until you've mastered the material or submit a question for one of our instructors.

Students will learn:

  • Uses of radioactive materials
  • Types of radioactive decay
  • How to use the half-life to estimate radioactive decay
  • Methods of radiometric dating
  • Processes of nuclear fission and nuclear fusion
  • Carbon dating, imaging and other nuclear chemistry applications

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7 Lessons in Chapter 10: Chapter 10: Nuclear Chemistry
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What Are Radioactive Materials? - Definition, Examples, Uses & Benefits

1. What Are Radioactive Materials? - Definition, Examples, Uses & Benefits

Radioactive materials are all around us. Some are beneficial, while others may cause us harm. In this lesson you'll learn what radioactive materials are and explore where they come from and how they can be useful to us.

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.

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.

Radiometric Dating: Methods, Uses & the Significance of Half-Life

4. Radiometric Dating: Methods, Uses & the Significance of Half-Life

Radiometric dating is used to estimate the age of rocks and other objects based on the fixed decay rate of radioactive isotopes. Learn about half-life and how it is used in different dating methods, such as uranium-lead dating and radiocarbon dating, in this video lesson.

What Is Nuclear Fission? - Definition & Process

5. What Is Nuclear Fission? - Definition & Process

The nuclei of some atoms decay by breaking into two smaller, more stable nuclei during a process called nuclear fission. Learn more about the process of nuclear fission and test your knowledge with a quiz.

What Is Nuclear Fusion? - Definition & Process

6. What Is Nuclear Fusion? - Definition & Process

Learn about the process of nuclear fusion and where it occurs naturally in our universe. Then go further by learning how we have harnessed its power and about some future possible uses for nuclear fusion.

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

7. 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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