Ch 16: Holt Physical Science Chapter 16: Atomic Energy

About This Chapter

The Atomic Energy chapter of this Holt Physical Science Textbook Companion Course helps students learn essential physical science lessons of atomic energy. Each of these simple and fun video lessons is about five minutes long and is sequenced to align with the Atomic Energy textbook chapter.

How it works:

  • Identify the lessons in the Holt Physical Science Atomic Energy chapter with which you need help.
  • Find the corresponding video lessons within this companion course chapter.
  • Watch fun videos that cover the atomic energy 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 and benefits of radioactive materials
  • Types of radioactive decay and their effects on the nucleus
  • Principles of radiometric dating
  • Examples of nuclear reactions
  • Risks of nuclear power plants and radioactive waste

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5 Lessons in Chapter 16: Holt Physical Science Chapter 16: Atomic Energy
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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.

Principles of Radiometric Dating

3. 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.

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.

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

5. 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.

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