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Radioactive Decay

Students explore what radioactive decay is and are able to relate it to the concept of half-life. They are given 100 green beads that represent radioactive atoms and 100 white beads that represent stable, non-radioactive daughter atoms. The green beads are placed in one cup and the white beads in another. They are asked to do two trials, one sampling 8 beads and the other sampling 4 beads at a time.

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Resource Details

Grade
9th - 12th
Subjects
Life Science
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Resource Type
Lesson Plans
Duration
1 hr
Instructional Strategy
Research
Included Materials
  • Project

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