Ch 18: Glencoe Physical Science Chapter 18: Radioactivity and Nuclear Reactions

About This Chapter

The Radioactivity and Nuclear Reactions chapter of this Glencoe Physical Science Companion Course helps students learn the essential physical science lessons of radioactivity and nuclear reactions. Each of these simple and fun video lessons is about five minutes long and is sequenced to align with the Radioactivity and Nuclear Reactions textbook chapter.

How It Works:

  • Identify the lessons in Glencoe Physical Science's Radioactivity and Nuclear Reactions chapter with which you need help.
  • Find the corresponding video lessons within this companion course chapter.
  • Watch fun videos that cover the radioactivity and nuclear reactions 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:

  • The structure of the atomic nucleus
  • Examples and uses of radioactive substances
  • The types of radioactive decay
  • How to calculate radioactive decay
  • Methods of radiometric dating
  • How radioactivity is measured
  • Examples of nuclear reactions
  • Nuclear reactions used in medicine

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4 Lessons in Chapter 18: Glencoe Physical Science Chapter 18: Radioactivity and Nuclear Reactions
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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.

Half-life: Calculating Radioactive Decay and Interpreting Decay Graphs

2. 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

3. 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.

Nuclear Reaction: Definition & Examples

4. 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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