About This Chapter
Who's it for?
This unit of our High School Chemistry Homeschool course will benefit any student who is trying to learn about the different types of radioactive decay. There is no faster or easier way to learn about nuclear chemistry. Among those who would benefit are:
- Students who require an efficient, self-paced course of study to learn about radioactive decay, nuclear equations, nuclear binding energy and the practical applications of nuclear chemistry.
- Homeschool parents looking to spend less time preparing lessons and more time teaching.
- Homeschool parents who need a science curriculum that appeals to multiple learning types (visual or auditory).
- Gifted students and students with learning differences.
How it works:
- Students watch a short, fun video lesson that covers a specific unit topic.
- Students and parents can refer to the video transcripts to reinforce learning.
- Short quizzes and the Nuclear Chemistry unit exam on matter confirm understanding or identify any topics that require review.
Nuclear Chemistry Unit Objectives:
- Identify the major types of radioactive decay.
- Explain how the nucleus is affected by each type of radioactive decay.
- Demonstrate how to balance a nuclear equation.
- Use a nuclear equation to predict the product of a nuclear reaction.
- Calculate radioactive decay using half-lives, and demonstrate the ability to use a decay graph.
- Discuss the relationship between mass and energy.
- Define mass defect and nuclear binding energy.
- List some of the purposes of radioactive nuclides, such as carbon dating and imaging.
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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Other chapters within the High School Chemistry: Homeschool Curriculum course
- Introduction to Chemistry: Homeschool Curriculum
- Measurement and Problem Solving: Homeschool Curriculum
- Experimental Laboratory Chemistry: Homeschool Curriculum
- What Is Matter?: Homeschool Curriculum
- Understanding Atomic Structure: Homeschool Curriculum
- The Periodic Table of Elements: Homeschool Curriculum
- The Representative Elements of the Periodic Table: Homeschool Curriculum
- Bonding for High School Chemistry: Homeschool Curriculum
- Phase Changes for Liquids and Solids: Homeschool Curriculum
- Gases in Chemistry: Homeschool Curriculum
- Solutions in Chemistry: Homeschool Curriculum
- Stoichiometry and Chemical Equations: Homeschool Curriculum
- Acids, Bases and Reactions: Homeschool Curriculum
- Equilibrium: Homeschool Curriculum
- Chemistry Kinetics: Homeschool Curriculum
- Thermodynamics in Chemistry: Homeschool Curriculum
- Organic Chemistry Basics: Homeschool Curriculum
- Nucleic Acids - DNA and RNA: Homeschool Curriculum
- DNA Replication - Processes and Steps: Homeschool Curriculum