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Ch 24: Nuclear Processes & Calculations

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This chapter takes the stress out of studying nuclear calculations and processes by outlining these topics in illuminating video lessons. Each one is easy to navigate and less than ten minutes long, providing you with a terrific way to prepare for a test or finish an assignment.

Nuclear Processes & Calculations - Chapter Summary

Nuclear processes and calculations are covered thoroughly by our professional instructors in this engaging chapter. You'll study radioactive decay, half-life and mass-energy conversion among other topics. This chapter is designed to assist you in achieving the following:

  • Define nuclear reaction and go over examples
  • Discuss mass-energy conversion, nuclear binding energy and mass defect
  • Explain the types of radioactive decay and the formula used to calculate it
  • Outline the effects of different types of radioactive decay on the nucleus
  • Calculate radioactive decay using half-life and interpret decay graphs
  • Identify the process associated with nuclear fusion
  • Define nuclear fission and its processes
  • Predict the product of a nuclear reaction and balance nuclear equations

Boost your confidence in even the toughest concepts with help from our expertly designed and mobile-friendly learning materials. These lessons and quizzes are accessible for you to study at your convenience on various mobile devices or computers. Each video is easy to review using the video tabs feature for quick navigation. You're welcome to reach out to an instructor through the Dashboard with any questions you want to ask.

8 Lessons in Chapter 24: Nuclear Processes & Calculations
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Nuclear Reaction: Definition & Examples

1. Nuclear Reaction: Definition & Examples

Learn the differences between a nuclear reaction and a chemical reaction. Also learn how the nuclear reaction involves subatomic particles including protons and neutrons. Discover the different types of nuclear reactions including fission and fusion and also how a nuclear power plant works to produce energy.

Mass-Energy Conversion, Mass Defect and Nuclear Binding Energy

2. 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.

Radioactive Decay: Definition, Formula & Types

3. Radioactive Decay: Definition, Formula & Types

In this lesson, we'll discuss radioactive decay and learn the terms parent nucleus, daughter nucleus, and half-life. We'll also examine three types of radioactive decay.

Types of Radioactive Decay and Their Effect on the Nucleus

4. 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

5. 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.

What Is Nuclear Fusion? - Definition & Process

6. What Is Nuclear Fusion? - Definition & Process

Learn about the process of nuclear fusion and where it occurs naturally in our universe. Then go further by learning how we have harnessed its power and about some future possible uses for nuclear fusion.

What Is Nuclear Fission? - Definition & Process

7. What Is Nuclear Fission? - Definition & Process

The nuclei of some atoms decay by breaking into two smaller, more stable nuclei during a process called nuclear fission. Learn more about the process of nuclear fission and test your knowledge with a quiz.

Balancing Nuclear Equations & Predicting the Product of a Nuclear Reaction

8. 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.

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