Submarines and Aircraft Carriers: The Science of Nuclear Power

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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. In a second session, they continue to explore radioactive decay and perform calculations using half life. The direct instruction is followed by an activity demonstrating half life using small candies. This is a neat lesson for physics, physical science, or STEM classes.

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  • Detailed background and clear instructions for the teacher
  • Nine additional activities are suggested and links to additional resources are provided
  • Images and videos embedded in the presentation are of high quality and interest
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  • None
Common Core