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Atomic Structure, The Nuclear Physics of Radioactivity, Radioisotope uses - Includes details of decay, nuclear equations, nuclear fission, nuclear power and nuclear fusion reactions revision notes

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These revision notes on radioactivity should help with GCSE/IGCSE physics courses and A/AS level physics courses

Doc Brown's Chemistry  KS4 science GCSE Physics Revision Notes

Radioactivity & Nuclear Reactions Revision Notes Index

1a. Atomic structure, fundamental particles and radioactivity

1b. What it is an atom like?  1bc. Quarks and proton & neutron structure

2a. What is Radioactivity? Why does it happen?

2b. How did they find out there were three types of atomic-nuclear-ionising radiation?

3a. Detection of radioactivity, its measurement and radiation dose units

3b. Ionising radiation sources - radioactive materials, background radiation

4a. Alpha, beta & gamma radiation - properties of 3 types of radioactive nuclear emission & symbols

4b The dangers of radioactive emissions - health and safety issues and ionising radiation

5. The uses of radioactive isotopes emitting alpha, beta (+/) or gamma radiation in industry and medicine

6a. The half-life of a radioisotope - how long does material remain radioactive? implications!

6b. Uses of decay data and half-life values archaeological radiocarbon dating, dating rocks

7a. What actually happens to the nucleus in alpha and beta radioactive decay? nuclear equations!

7b. The production of radioisotopes - artificial sources of radioactive-isotopes, cyclotron

8. Nuclear fusion reactions and the formation of 'heavy elements' by bombardment techniques

9. Nuclear Fission Reactions, nuclear power as an energy resource


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Easier-Foundation Radioactivity Quiz

or Harder-Higher Radioactivity Quiz

Worksheet QUIZ Question 1 on RADIOACTIVITY - absorption of alpha, beta and gamma radiation

Worksheet QUIZ Question 2 on RADIOACTIVITY - dangers and monitoring ionising radiation levels

Worksheet QUIZ Question 3 on RADIOACTIVITY - revision of atomic structure

Worksheet QUIZ Question 4 on RADIOACTIVITY - what happens to atoms in radioactive decay?

Worksheet QUIZ Question 5 on RADIOACTIVITY - uses of radioisotope half-life data


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