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Ch 4: Overview of Nuclear Processes

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Overview of Nuclear Processes - Chapter Summary

Our chapter on nuclear processes provides you with detailed lessons and quizzes to accompany them. Just a few of the topics presented here include radioactive decay, half-life and radiometric dating. When you complete all of the lessons in this chapter, you should be able to:

  • Discuss mass defect, nuclear binding energy and mass-energy conversion
  • Outline the formula for disintegration energy in nuclear physics
  • Identify the types of radioactive decay and their effects on the nucleus
  • Explain the impact of radioactive decay on matte
  • Detail the significance of half-life in radiometric dating
  • Explore how half-life is used to calculate radioactive decay
  • Predict the product of a nuclear reaction
  • Describe the applications of nuclear chemistry

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8 Lessons in Chapter 4: Overview of Nuclear Processes
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Mass-Energy Conversion, Mass Defect and Nuclear Binding Energy

1. 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.

Disintegration Energy in Nuclear Physics: Definition & Formula

2. Disintegration Energy in Nuclear Physics: Definition & Formula

After watching this video, you should be able to explain what disintegration energy is and use mass-energy equivalence to calculate the disintegration energy in a nuclear decay reaction.

Types of Radioactive Decay and Their Effect on the Nucleus

3. 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.

Impact of Radioactive Decay on Matter

4. Impact of Radioactive Decay on Matter

While you've probably heard of radiation, how much do you know about the types of radiation? This lesson will focus on alpha, beta, and gamma radiation and their impact on living and non-living objects.

Radiometric Dating: Methods, Uses & the Significance of Half-Life

5. Radiometric Dating: Methods, Uses & the Significance of Half-Life

Radiometric dating is used to estimate the age of rocks and other objects based on the fixed decay rate of radioactive isotopes. Learn about half-life and how it is used in different dating methods, such as uranium-lead dating and radiocarbon dating, in this video lesson.

Half-life: Calculating Radioactive Decay and Interpreting Decay Graphs

6. 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.

Balancing Nuclear Equations & Predicting the Product of a Nuclear Reaction

7. 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.

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

8. 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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