Ch 17: Modern Physics Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

The Modern Physics chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach the students in your classroom about modern physics, including mass-energy conversion and the photo-electric effect. The video lessons, quizzes and transcripts can easily be adapted to provide your lesson plans with engaging and dynamic educational content. Make planning your course easier by using our syllabus as a guide.

Weekly Syllabus

Below is a sample breakdown of the Modern Physics chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.

Day Topics Key Terms and Concepts Covered
Monday Photons in motion The photoelectric effect, photon energy and wavelengths, frequency, electron volts, joules, linear momentum, absorption, emission, reflection, experiments about light and photons, and related equations
Tuesday The wave nature of matter The de-Broglie wavelength, and the characteristics of waves
Wednesday The Bohr Model and atomic spectra Draft a representation of a hydrogen atom using the Bohr model, and indicate the relationship between the atomic spectra and the Bohr model
Thursday Energy and mass The theory of relativity, the interchangeable relationship, mass-energy conversion, nuclear binding energy, and mass defect
Friday Nuclear chemistry and radioactivity Definition and types of radioactive decay, half-life equations, decay graphs, carbon dating, medical uses for radioactive materials and imaging devices, fission, and fusion

8 Lessons in Chapter 17: Modern Physics Lesson Plans
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The Photoelectric Effect: Definition, History, Application & Equation

1. The Photoelectric Effect: Definition, History, Application & Equation

In this lesson, you will learn what the photoelectric effect is, how it was discovered, how it applies to everyday life, and the equation associated with it. A short quiz will follow.

The Wave Nature of Matter

2. The Wave Nature of Matter

After watching this video, you will be able to explain the concept of wave-particle duality, give an example of an application of wave-particle duality, and complete simple calculations using the de-Broglie wavelength equation. A short quiz will follow.

Energy & Momentum of a Photon: Equation & Calculations

3. Energy & Momentum of a Photon: Equation & Calculations

After watching this lesson, you will be able to explain what wave-particle duality is, provide the equations for the energy and momentum of a photon of light, and use those equations to solve problems. A short quiz will follow.

The Bohr Model and Atomic Spectra

4. The Bohr Model and Atomic Spectra

Do you ever wonder where light comes from or how it is produced? In this lesson, we are going to use our knowledge of the electron configurations and quantum numbers to see what goes on during the creation of light.

Mass-Energy Conversion, Mass Defect and Nuclear Binding Energy

5. 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.

Types of Radioactive Decay and Their Effect on the Nucleus

6. 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

7. 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.

Fusion, Fission, Carbon Dating, Tracers & Imaging: Applications of Nuclear Chemistry

8. 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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