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Below is a sample breakdown of the Nuclear Chemistry 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||Types of Radioactive Decay and Their Effect on the Nucleus||The composition of beta, alpha and gamma decay particles|
|Tuesday||Balancing Nuclear Equations and Predicting the Product of a Nuclear Reaction||An explanation of the three most common forms of radiation|
|Wednesday||Half-Life: Calculating Radioactive Decay and Interpreting Decay Graphs||An example of the process of graphing a half-life|
|Thursday||Mass-Energy Conversion: Mass Defect and Nuclear Binding Energy||A look at why more energy is generated by nuclear reactions than by chemical reactions|
|Friday||Fusion, Fission, Carbon Dating, Tracers and Imaging: Applications of Nuclear Chemistry||An explanation of what happens during these processes|
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.
5. 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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