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Radioactive Decay Chains
After introducing your class to radioactive decay and walking them through the changes in the numbers of atomic particles, give them an opportunity to write equations for the first six daughters in a Uranium-238 decay chain. They also discover how eventually a stable element is formed.
8th - 12th Math 3 Views 2 Downloads
Make your lesson on radioactive decay pop with this lab exercise. Using popcorn kernels spread over a tabletop, participants pick up all of those that point toward the back of the room, that is, those that represent decayed atoms. As the activity is repeated with remaining kernels, gathered data will illuminate the nature of half-life and decay rate.
7th - 12th Math 4 Views 4 Downloads
Radioactive Decay and Half-Life
Students describe how the mass of a radioactive isotope changes with time and the factors that affect the rate of radioactive decay. They write nuclear decay equations to represent natural transmutation. This activity is accomplished using pennies to represent isotopes.
9th - 12th Science 4 Views 59 Downloads
AP Chemistry Topic 10: Nuclear Chemistry, Part B, Examples
This convenient handout will save you and your chemistry aces time. You will not need to prepare notes, and they will not need to consult their texts for future reference. Detailed notes on radioactive decay are provided and learners are taught how to read related graphs and calculate mass over time.
11th - 12th Science 3 Views 28 Downloads
Submarines and Aircraft Carriers: The Science of Nuclear Power
As physics masters view this presentation, they learn how nuclear power is used in submarines. They use Google Maps to plot a course through the ocean and calculate the time required for surfacing and traveling. They learn about fission, gamma rays, critical mass, and exponential decay.
9th - 12th Science 9 Views 5 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Radiation and Radioactive Decay
Mr. Andersen introduces viewers to the use of a Geiger Counter. He explains the fundamental forces behind nuclear radiation and differentiates alpha, beta, and gamma radiation. Finally, he teaches how to write nuclear equations. This video is a well-planned and is an engaging interactive whiteboard presentation.
11 mins 9th - 12th Science 3 Views 0 Downloads
AP Chemistry Topic 10: Nuclear Chemistry, Part B, Examples, Part II
Examples #3 - 5, a continuation of a previous set of examples, can be used to teach advanced chemistry learners how to calculate values related to radioactive decay. Use the first set in class to teach the concepts, then send this set as a homework assignment.
10th - 12th Science 3 Views 11 Downloads
Get a Half-Life!: Student Worksheet
In this math/science worksheet, students will work in pairs to conduct an experiment based on a decay function which is often used to model radioactive decay. Students will shake M & M's in a cup to rub off the M and then record their data.
6th - 7th Math 5 Views 36 Downloads
In this math worksheet, students solve differential equations. Students use similar equations, and analyze ways they differ from one another. Students draw directional fields and sketch solutions. The final three questions are applications of differential equations and include problems about mixtures, interest, and radioactive decay.
Higher Ed Math 3 Views 5 Downloads
Earth System Science
Students investigate the age of the earth by using accepted scientific methods. They conduct research about the use of radioactive dating and there is a simulation activity of the process. Finally, students measure the radioactive decay of actual rocks to estimate the actual age of the earth.
7th - 9th Science 8 Views 69 Downloads
Quadratic and Exponential Functions
Students identify the importance of studying exponential decay. In this quadratic functions lesson, students simulate radioactive decay in small groups. Students also present the results found in the investigation and explain why an exponential decay function is an exponential function.
8th - 9th Math 3 Views 5 Downloads
Chemistry 115 Practice Exam 3
Radioactive decay, pH, properties of elements, organic compounds, and stoichiometry are all touched upon through this practice chemistry exam. It always helps learners to take a practice test in preparation for the actual exam. This resource will help meet that need.
9th - 12th Science 3 Views 1 Download
Get a Half Life!: Student Worksheet
Upper elementary or middle schoolers will explore non-linear functions, graphing, and the curve of best fit through real-life data collection and trial analysis. They explore the concept of half-life and radioactive decay using M&Ms, a table, and a graphing calculator.
6th - 8th Math 12 Views 64 Downloads
In this periodic table activity, students compare the chemical properties of the different elements, explain Dalton's atomic theory, and determine the number of protons, electrons, and neutrons in different elements. Students determine the solubility of given substances and write the correct IUPAC name or chemical formula for the given compounds.
10th - Higher Ed Science 6 Views 18 Downloads