Presentations:

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.

Quizzes:

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.