Ch 4: Nuclear Chemistry & Radioactive Decay: Tutoring Solution

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The Nuclear Chemistry & Radioactive Decay chapter of this College-Level General Chemistry Tutoring Solution is a flexible and affordable path to learning about nuclear chemistry and radioactive decay. These simple and fun video lessons are each about five minutes long and they teach all of the information involving nuclear chemistry and radioactive decay required in a typical college-level general chemistry course.

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Learning Objectives

  • Learn the effects of radioactive decay on the nucleus and shielding requirements.
  • Find out how to balance a nuclear equation.
  • Determine how to predict the product of a nuclear reaction.
  • Study calculations for half-lives.
  • Describe the relationship between mass and energy.
  • Study applications of radioactive nuclides.

6 Lessons in Chapter 4: Nuclear Chemistry & Radioactive Decay: Tutoring Solution
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Types of Radioactive Decay and Their Effect on the Nucleus

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.

Balancing Nuclear Equations & Predicting the Product of a Nuclear Reaction

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.

Half-life: Calculating Radioactive Decay and Interpreting Decay Graphs

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.

Mass-Energy Conversion, Mass Defect and Nuclear Binding Energy

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.

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

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.

Alpha Decay: Definition, Equation & Example

6. Alpha Decay: Definition, Equation & Example

Learn how unstable elements, like Uranium-238, decay into a more stable state by releasing matter and energy through spontaneous radioactive decay. The type of radioactive decay is alpha decay, or the formation of the helium-4 nuclei.

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