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Radiation, Radioactivity & Nuclear Energy - Chapter Summary
Our chapter on nuclear energy, radioactivity and radiation covers these topics thoroughly in a mobile-friendly format. Topics include radioactive substances and the risks of nuclear power. After you complete this chapter, you should be ready to:
- Outline the causes and effects of radiation
- Give examples of radioactive substances
- Define nuclear energy
- Identify the health and safety concerns associated with nuclear power plants and radioactive waste
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1. What is Radiation? - Definition, Causes & Effects
Learn about the reality and pervasiveness of radiation in our world. Discover some of the causes of radiation, and find out about the risks and rewards of harnessing it for our use.
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. What is Nuclear Energy? - Definition & Examples
You've probably heard of nuclear energy. But what is it? And what is the difference between fusion and fission? This lesson will answer your questions about this exciting form of energy that involves atoms and their nuclei.
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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