Nuclear: Index of Contents

1 Alpha Emissions: Alpha emissions and understanding smoke alarms. (9 slds)
2 Beta Emissions: Beta emissions and understanding carbon dating. (15 slds)
2 Gamma Emissions: Gamma emissions and understanding food sterilization . (14 slds)
3 Nuclear Reactions and Radioactivity I: The discovery of to half-life calculations. (36 slds)
4 Nuclear Reactions and Radioactivity II: From mass defect, to fission and fusion. (27 slds)

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Student Handouts:
1 Alpha Decay and Smoke Alarms: Alpha decay with a smoke alarm example. (2 pgs)
2 Beta Decay: Beta decay with a nickel example. (1 pg)
3 Gamma Decay and Food Sterilization: Gamma decay with food sterilization. (2 pgs)
4 Nuclear Physics and Radioactive Decay: An overview of the nuclear processes. (4 pgs)
5 Fission and Fusion Weapons: The applied science behind atomic bombs. (3 pgs)
6 Bubble Chamber Physics: The instrumentation used in the quest for the top quark. (3 pgs)
7 Carbon-14 Dating: The nuclear processes of Carbon-14 decay and carbon dating. (2 pgs)
8 Cloud Chamber Physics: Examining the application and interpretation required. (1 pgs)
9 Fission versus Fusion: Examining nuclear stability through fission and fusion. (5 pgs)
10 Radioactive Half-Life: The medical applications of radioactive materials. (2 pgs)
11 Introduction to Nuclear Fusion: The fusion process and a fusion reactor. (2 pgs)
12 Nuclear Reaction Terminology: Balancing nuclear equations with radioactive decay. (2 pgs)
13 Nuclear Stability: Using the zone of stability to predict nuclear stability. (1 pgs)
14 Radioactivity: A brief history on the theory of radioactive decay. (2 pg)
15 The Decay Constant and Half–Life: The decay rate, decay constant, and half life. (1 pgs)
16 Synthetic Elements: The decay series of an unstable nucleus into a stable nucleus. (2 pgs)
17 Nuclear Transmutations-Transformations: An unstable nucleus to a stable nucleus. (2 pgs)
18 Radioactive Emissions: The properties of alpha, beta and gamma particles. (1 pg)

Student Activities:
1 Graphing Nuclear Decay: Computing and graphing the residual decay mass. (2 pgs)
2 Half-Lives: Using and computing half-lives for different species. (1 pg)
3 Mass Defect and Binding Energy: Calculating mass defect and binding energy. (2 pgs)
4 Nuclear Applications: Brainstorming for nuclear science applications. (1 pg)
5 Nuclear Equations: Balancing nuclear equations. (1 pg)
6 Nuclear Power Plants: A graphical introduction to a nuclear power plant. (2 pgs)
7 Nuclear Stability: The neutron to proton ratio of various nuclei. (2 pgs)

8 Cloud Chamber Lab: Experimenting with a cosmic ray powered cloud chamber. (8 pgs)
9 Radioactive Decay Lab: Determining the half-life of a substance. (3 pgs)

10 Nuclear Flash Cards: Student self assessment tool for the nuclear section.

Student Activity Keys:
1 Graphing Nuclear Decay Key: Worksheet answer key.
2 Half-Lives Key: Worksheet answer key.
3 Mass Defect and Binding Energy Key: Worksheet answer key.
4 Nuclear Applications Key: Worksheet answer key.
5 Nuclear Equations Key: Worksheet answer key.
6 Nuclear Power Plants Key: Worksheet answer key.
7 Nuclear Stability Key: Worksheet answer key.

8 Cloud Chamber Lab Key: Lab answer key.
9 Radioactive Decay Lab Key: Lab answer key.

1 Binding Energy and Mass Defect Quiz: Solving for binding energy/mass defect. (3 questions)
2 Half-Lives Quiz: Calcuating the half-life of a given nuclei. (3 questions)
3 Nuclear Equations Quiz: Balancing decay equations for specified nuclei. (5 questions)
4 Nuclear Unit Test: Binding energy, mass defect, and half-lives. (13 questions)

Quiz Keys:
1 Binding Energy and Mass Defect Quiz Key: Quiz key.
2 Half-Lives Quiz Key: Quiz key.
3 Nuclear Equations Quiz Key: Quiz key.
4 Nuclear Unit Test Key: Test key.