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- Identify the lessons in the Holt Chemistry: Nuclear Chemistry chapter with which you need help.
- Find the corresponding video lessons within this companion course chapter.
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Students will learn:
- Mass-energy conversion, mass defect and nuclear binding energy
- Types of radioactive decay and their effect on the nucleus
- Applications of nuclear chemistry
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1. 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.
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.
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.
4. 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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Other chapters within the Holt Chemistry: Online Textbook Help course
- Holt Chemistry Chapter 1: The Science of Chemistry
- Holt Chemistry Chapter 2: Matter and Energy
- Holt Chemistry Chapter 3: Atoms and Moles
- Holt Chemistry Chapter 4: The Periodic Table
- Holt Chemistry Chapter 5: Ions and Ionic Compounds
- Holt Chemistry Chapter 6: Covalent Compounds
- Holt Chemistry Chapter 7: The Mole and Chemical Composition
- Holt Chemistry Chapter 8: Chemical Equations and Reactions
- Holt Chemistry Chapter 9: Stoichiometry
- Holt Chemistry Chapter 10: Causes of Change
- Holt Chemistry Chapter 11: States of Matter and Intermolecular Forces
- Holt Chemistry Chapter 12: Gases
- Holt Chemistry Chapter 13: Solutions
- Holt Chemistry Chapter 14: Chemical Equilibrium
- Holt Chemistry Chapter 15: Acids and Bases
- Holt Chemistry Chapter 16: Reaction Rates
- Holt Chemistry Chapter 17: Oxidation, Reduction, and Electrochemistry
- Holt Chemistry Chapter 19: Carbon and Organic Compounds
- Holt Chemistry Chapter 20: Biological Chemistry