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Ch 21: Holt McDougal Modern Chemistry Chapter 21: Nuclear Chemistry

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The Nuclear Chemistry chapter of this Holt McDougal Modern Chemistry Companion Course helps students learn the essential 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 the Holt McDougal 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:

  • Mass-energy conversion and nuclear binding energy
  • Examples of nuclear reactions
  • The nuclear shell model
  • Types of radioactive decay
  • Calculating radioactive decay
  • Radiometric dating
  • Causes and effects of radiation
  • Nuclear power plants and their dangers
  • Applications of nuclear chemistry

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7 Lessons in Chapter 21: Holt McDougal Modern Chemistry Chapter 21: Nuclear Chemistry
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Mass-Energy Conversion, Mass Defect and Nuclear Binding Energy

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.

Nuclear Reaction: Definition & Examples

2. 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.

Types of Radioactive Decay and Their Effect on the Nucleus

3. 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

4. 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.

Principles of Radiometric Dating

5. Principles of Radiometric Dating

Radiometric dating is a method used to determine the age of rocks and other materials based on the rate of radioactive decay. Learn about three common types of radioactive decay: alpha decay, beta decay and gamma decay.

Risks of Nuclear Power Plants and Radioactive Waste: Safety and Health Concerns

6. Risks of Nuclear Power Plants and Radioactive Waste: Safety and Health Concerns

Nuclear power can generate electricity without greenhouse gas emissions. However, there are concerns about its safety. Learn about the safety and health concerns associated with the threat of nuclear meltdowns, as well as the challenges involved in storing radioactive waste.

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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