This zip file contains many different activities (39 pages of student handouts and 2 PowerPoints with a total of 90 slides) which can be used to compose a unit for chemistry students involving the basics on Nuclear Chemistry. Topics in this unit include fission, fusion, transmutation, types of radioactive decay, properties of alpha particles, beta particles and gamma rays, balancing nuclear equations, uses of some common radioisotopes, nuclear reactors and problems with the disposal of nuclear wastes. While these lessons were originally designed to correlate to the performance indicators of the New York State Chemistry - Physical Setting curriculum, the components of this lesson may be easily used in other chemistry or physical science courses as well. The components this unit addresses in the NGSS Standards and Common Core Standards are indicated at the end of this description.
Many documents are included in both word and pdf to allow editing for specific teacher needs. The materials are very adaptable to distance learning environments.
While the reference tables in this package are from New York State, please incorporate your own state or provincial reference table as is appropriate for your students.
The specific contents of the learning package includes the following items (the page count for these items are actual student handouts as answer key page counts are not included):
-- Marzano self assessment scale including learning goals, NGSS, STAAR and Common Core Reading/Writing and Mathematics Standards for students specific to this unit (2 pages)
-- Cloze notes handout for students with learning goals and Common Core Standards to accompany lesson PowerPoint (10 pages)
-- 36 slide PowerPoint to accompany the cloze notes
-- Nuclear Chemistry Worksheet # 1 with answer key (5 pages/31 questions)
-- Nuclear Chemistry Worksheet # 2 with answer key (6 pages/33 questions)
-- Nuclear Chemistry Worksheet # 3 with answer key (3 pages/20 questions)
-- Nuclear Chemistry Unit Exam with key (6 pages/33 multiple choice and written response questions)
-- 25 question Jeopardy review game in PowerPoint format (54 slides)
-- Associated Reference Table for unit (2 pages)
-- Lab Activity (The Radioactive Decay of U-238 to Pb-206) with key (3 pages)
-- Nuclear Energy quiz # 1 with key (2 pages/11 questions)
Upon the completion of this unit the student will be able to:
1. identify the natural changes in the nucleus.
2. explain what is meant by (transmutation), list and describe the 3 types of radiation given off (alpha, beta, and gamma decay), and balance nuclear reactions involving these.
3. calculate the initial amount, the fraction remaining, or the half-life of a radioactive isotope, given 2 of the 3 variables.
4. explain where nuclear energy comes from (E=mc2) and explain binding energy.
5. discuss the two types of nuclear reactions (fission and fusion) and describe how both can be used for production of energy.
6. describe the problems associated with radioactive waste.
7. discuss some specific uses of radioisotopes such as tracers, radiation therapy and radioactive dating.
HS-PS1-8. Develop models to illustrate the changes in the composition of the nucleus of the atom and the energy released during the processes of fission, fusion, and radioactive decay.
C.12.B describe radioactive decay process in terms of balanced nuclear equations
C.12.A describe the characteristics of alpha, beta, and gamma radiation
C.12.C compare fission and fusion reactions
Common Core State Standards Connections:
RST.9-10.7 Translate quantitative or technical information expressed in words in a text into visual form (e.g., a table or chart) and translate information expressed visually or mathematically (e.g., in an equation) into words.
MP.4 Model with mathematics.
HSN-Q.A.1 Use units as a way to understand problems and to guide the solution of multi-step problems; choose and interpret units consistently in formulas; choose and interpret the scale and the origin in graphs and data displays.
HSN-Q.A.2 Define appropriate quantities for the purpose of descriptive modeling.
HSN-Q.A.3 Choose a level of accuracy appropriate to limitations on measurement when reporting quantities.
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