• Distinguish between physical changes and chemical and nuclear reactions.
  • Identifying atomic and subatomic particles, including mesons, quarks, tachyons, and baryons
  • Calculating the half-life of selective radioactive isotopes
  • Identifying types of radiation and their properties
  • Contrasting fission and fusion
  • Describing carbon-14 decay as a dating method

Purpose of Unit

In this unit, we will further our study of atomic structure. This unit delves into unstable nuclei that result in radioactivity or radioisotopes. Students will reconcile their daily definition of radiation with a newly constructed scientific vision of radiation. Students find this unit particularly interesting while still rigorous. There are more objectives for this unit than any other. Lab work will center on modeling the 1/2 life of a radioisotope & an introduction to radiation. Students will perform tests with radioactive sources that emit alpha, beta, and gamma radiation. Any student that is pregnant or not sure if she is pregnant needs to inform the instructor & make other arrangements for the intro to radiation lab.


Radiation Notes - Nuclear Powerpoint from Class

1/2 life review

Step-by-Step Review of Nuclear Equations

Online Practice Game - Nuclear Equations!

Nuclear Plants in the USA

Farley Nuclear Plant near Dothan, Alabama

Alabama Power's Alternative Fuel Sources