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Introduction to Nuclear Chemistry - Chapter Summary
Help your middle school students understand basic topics in nuclear chemistry through the entertaining videos in these lessons. This chapter introduces your students to topics in radioactivity, nuclear processes and nuclear properties. There are also a variety of multiple-choice quizzes and a chapter exam that can tell you how well they've retained the fundamentals of nuclear chemistry.
Chapter Lessons and Objectives
|Types of Radioactive Decay and Their Effect on the Nucleus||Students learn about the three major types of nuclear decay.|
|Balancing Nuclear Equations & Predicting the Product of a Nuclear Reaction||Instructors demonstrate how to write balanced nuclear equations.|
|Half-life: Calculating Radioactive Decay and Interpreting Decay Graphs||In this lesson, students are taught the definition and uses of half-life.|
|Mass-Energy Conversion, Mass Defect and Nuclear Binding Energy||Students learn formulas related to energy loss in a nuclear reaction.|
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.
2. Balancing Nuclear Equations & Predicting the Product of a Nuclear Reaction
When a radioactive particle gives off radiation, what happens to the particle? This lesson will explain the three major types of radiation and what effect they have on the decaying atom.
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. 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.
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