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NYSTCE Chemistry: Nuclear Reactions - Chapter Summary
Revisit chemistry concepts you haven't explored in weeks, months or years by exploring the lessons in this chapter. You can get reacquainted with nuclear reactions to ensure you're able to do the following on the NYSTCE assessment:
- Define and describe nuclear reaction
- Share the meaning of radioactive substances
- Explain how to use radioisotopes in the sciences
- Discuss the risks of nuclear power plants and radioactive waste
Expert instructors present specific details about nuclear reactions you will be expected to understand on exam day. Self-assessment quizzes reinforce lesson concepts and allow you to test your comprehension to ensure you fully understand the materials.
NYSTCE Chemistry: Nuclear Reactions Chapter Objectives
The lessons in this chapter cover topics found in Subarea VI of the NYSTCE Chemistry assessment, which examines interactions of chemistry and the environment. This subarea constitutes about 10% of the total test. Use the lessons in this chapter to increase your knowledge of nuclear reactions. Doing so can improve your chances of passing the assessment with a minimum score of 220, and help you secure the licensure needed to teach chemistry in New York State classrooms.
The assessment consists of 90 selected-response items and 1 constructed-response item. Additional subareas on the exam test your knowledge of scientific inquiry, atomic structure, chemical bonds, molecular structure, chemical reactions, stoichiometry and more. In addition to taking self-assessment quizzes, you can gauge your understanding of nuclear reactions by accessing a chapter exam. If you have any questions about lesson topics, don't hesitate to submit them to our experts.
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.
2. What Are Radioactive Substances? - Examples & Uses
This lesson will explain what a radioactive substance is, give examples of radioactive substances and describe how radioactivity is used in everyday life.
3. Using Radioisotopes in the Sciences
How are radioisotopes used in science? Learn about their applications for the dating of rocks, in medicine, environmental science and materials science. See what you know with a quiz.
4. Risks of Nuclear Power Plants and Radioactive Waste: Safety and Health Concerns
Nuclear power can generate electricity without greenhouse gas emissions. However, there are concerns about its safety. Learn about the safety and health concerns associated with the threat of nuclear meltdowns, as well as the challenges involved in storing radioactive waste.
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Other chapters within the NYSTCE Chemistry (007): Practice and Study Guide course
- NYSTCE Chemistry: Foundations of Scientific Inquiry
- NYSTCE Chemistry: Physical & Chemical Properties
- NYSTCE Chemistry: Atomic Structure & Quantum Theory
- NYSTCE Chemistry: The Periodic Table
- NYSTCE Chemistry: Gases
- NYSTCE Chemistry: Nuclear Transformation
- NYSTCE Chemistry: Principles of Calorimetry
- NYSTCE Chemistry: Thermodynamics
- NYSTCE Chemistry: Chemical Bonds
- NYSTCE Chemistry: Chemical Reactions
- NYSTCE Chemistry: Chemical Equilibrium
- NYSTCE Chemistry: Acid-Base Chemistry
- NYSTCE Chemistry: Stoichiometry
- NYSTCE Chemistry: Solutions & Solubility
- NYSTCE Chemistry: Chemicals & the Environment
- NYSTCE Chemistry Flashcards