Objectives Of Nuclear Chemistry

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Nuclear Chemistry

Essential Question: Do you believe that? (theory explains observations)

Each student will be able to:

1. Identify the three main types of radioactive decay (alpha, beta, and gamma) and compare their properties (composition, mass, charge, and penetrating power).([2.6, Pg.71])

2. Write balanced nuclear reactions using isotope symbols and symbols of alpha, beta and gamma particles.[2.8](2.6)

2. Compare nuclear fission and nuclear fusion and mass defect. [2.9](2.7)

3. Describe the process of radioactive decay by using nuclear equations. Radioactive decay is the spontaneous breakdown of certain unstable elements (radioactive) into new elements (radioactive or not) through the spontaneous emission by the nucleus of alpha or beta particles. Explain the difference between stable and unstable isotopes. [2.10](2.6)

4. Explain the concept of half-life of a radioactive element, e.g., explain why the half-life of C14 has made carbon dating a powerful tool in determining the age of very old objects. [2.11](2.6)

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