Unit 4: The Nucleus


The Nucleus

Note: The link above is only for the note portion of the unit packet. If you need another copy of the class version of the packet (which includes a variety of additional activities and worksheets related to the unit), you need to email me, as the class version contains some materials which are not allowed to be posted in public webspace

Unit Presentation:

Unit Content:

Lesson 1: Atomic Structure (The Nucleus)

Pre-Video 1: The Nucleus

Pre-Video 2: Weight Average Atomic Mass

Lesson 2: Natural Radioactivity

Pre-Video 1: Discovery and Detection of Radioactivity

Pre-Video 2: Nature and Charge of Radioactive Decay Particles

Pre-Video 3: Writing Natural Decay Equations

Pre-Video 4: K-Capture


Lesson 3: Half-Life

Pre-Video 1: What is Half-life?

Pre-Video 2: Solving Half-life Problems

Pre-Video 3: Uses of Radioactive Isotopes

BONUS MUSIC VIDEO: One Half-Life to Live

Lesson 4: Nuclear Power

Pre-Video 1: Artificial Transmutation

Pre-Video 2: Nuclear Power

BONUS MUSIC VIDEO 1: Nuclear Power to the People

BONUS MUSIC VIDEO 2: Schrodinger's Cat Strikes Back

Supplementary Materials:

PhET Simulations:

These programs help simulate a variety of topics that we discuss in the course. We frequently use them in class, but they are also provided here for your own, personal, use. Note: Many of these simulations require Java to be installed on the computer you are using them on.

Build an Atom:

Build an Atom
Click to Run

Isotopes and Atomic Mass:

Isotopes and Atomic Mass
Click to Run

Alpha Decay:

Alpha Decay
Click to Run

Beta Decay:

Beta Decay
Click to Run

Radioactive Dating Game:

Radioactive Dating Game
Click to Run

Nuclear Fission:

Nuclear Fission
Click to Run

Crash Course Chemistry Videos:

These videos come from YouTube's "Crash Course" channel. In them, Hank Green covers the material of a typical introductory course. Please note that these videos are presented, sorted by unit, but that the sequence within each page is not the same sequence as the instructional sequence for the unit. Also note that these videos contain additional material that is not discussed in class, and that there may be material covered in class that is not specifically discussed in these videos.

The Nucleus: Crash Course Chemistry #1

Nuclear Chemistry: Crash Course Chemistry #38

Nuclear Chemistry Part 2- Fusion and Fission: Crash Course Chemistry #39

Mr. Rosengarten's Homepage

From Mr. Rosengarten's Website. Includes tutorial videos, songs, etc.