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TExES Chemistry: Nuclear Chemistry - Chapter Summary
What is nuclear reaction? What are the applications of nuclear chemistry? How does radioactive decay affect the nucleus? The lessons in this chapter are designed to help you answer these types of questions, which you will encounter on the TExES Chemistry exam. Once you have completed your review of these video lessons, you should be able to do the following:
- Detail mass defect, mass-energy conversion and nuclear binding energy
- Identify the types of radioactive decay and their effect on the nucleus
- Describe applications of nuclear chemistry including fission, fusion, carbon dating and imaging
- Explain Einstein's special theory of relativity
- Define the Heisenberg uncertainty principle and use the principle's equation
- Relate how nuclear reactions occur
- Balance nuclear equations and predict the product of a reaction
- Assess the cost of nuclear energy
The short and engaging video lessons make review of this material easy and fun, while self-assessment quizzes provide the opportunity to measure your comprehension of the topics covered in the lessons using the same multiple choice format you'll encounter on the TExES Chemistry exam. If you have any questions, simply reach out to one of our experts through the Dashboard.
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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. Einstein's Special Theory of Relativity: Analysis & Practice Problems
After completing this lesson, you should be able to explain what Einstein's special theory of relativity is and use equations from the theory to solve problems. A short quiz will follow.
5. Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle: Definition & Equation
The Heisenberg uncertainty principle is one of the core concepts in quantum mechanics. In this lesson, we define the uncertainty principle and learn more about its implications for physical science.
6. 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.
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.
8. What is the Cost of Nuclear Energy?
Although there are many benefits to the production of nuclear energy, this nonrenewable energy source remains controversial. In this lesson, we will examine the financial and environmental costs of nuclear energy production.
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