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NUCLEAR CHEMISTRY THE STUDY OF NUCLEAR REACTIONS

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When nuclei change spontaneously, by emitting radiation, they are radioactive. USES OF RADIOACTIVE ELEMENTS INCLUDE: MEDICINE (FOR DIAGNOSTICS AND CANCER TREATMENT), THE STUDY OF CHEMICAL REACTION MECHANISMS, TO GENERATE POWER, AND TO CREATE THE MOST DESTRUCTIVE MILITARY WEAPONS.

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NUCLEAR ENERGY POSES THE PROBLEMS OF NUCLEAR WASTE, OF WHICH THERE IS NO VIABLE WAY TO DISPOSE, AND THE POSSIBILITY OF HUMAN ERROR OR ACCIDENT THAT COULD RESULT IN CATASTROPHY.

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RADIOACTIVITY - DEFINITIONS: NUCLEONS - TWO OF THE PARTICLES IN THE NUCLEUS, THE PROTONS AND NEUTRONS. ISOTOPES - ATOMS OF THE SAME ELEMENT WITH DIFFERENT NUMBERS OF NEUTRONS. MASS NUMBER - THE TOTAL NUMBER OF NUCLEONS IN THE NUCLEUS. NUCLIDE - THE NUCLEUS OF A SPECIFIC ISOTOPE OF AN ELEMENT. RADIONUCLIDES - RADIOACTIVE NUCLIDES. RADIOISOTOPES - ATOMS THAT CONTAIN RADIOACTIVE NUCLIDES.

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NUCLEAR STABILITY AND RADIATION: EMISSION OF RADIATION IS ONE WAY IN WHICH AN UNSTABLE SUBSTANCE IS CHANGED INTO A LOWER ENERGY, MORE STABLE SUBSTANCE.

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A GENERAL GUIDE TO NUCLEAR STABILITY: THE ZONE (OR BELT) OF STABILITY (DIAGRAM IN ZUMDAHL PG. 1023, BROWN + LEMAY PG IT SHOULD BE REALIZED THAT PROTONS PACKED TIGHTLY IN A SMALL NUCLEUS NEED NEUTRONS PACKED AMONG THEM TO OFFER SOME STABILITY AND BINDING FORCE TO THE NUCLEUS. (NOTE: DUE TO THE REPULSION BETWEEN PROTONS). PLEASE NOTE THAT DUE TO THE SOFTWARE LIMITATIONS, SUBSCRIPTS AND SUPERSCRIPTS DO NOT APPEAR DIRECTLY ABOVE AND BELOW ONE ANOTHER IN THIS PRESENTATION, BUT THEY SHOULD BE.

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FOR ELEMENTS UP TO ATOMIC NUMBER 20 THE RATIO OF PROTONS TO NEUTRONS IS APPROXIMATELY 1:1. AS THE NUMBER OF PROTONS INCREASE, THE NUMBER OF NEUTRONS INCREASE EVEN MORE. IN THE BELT OF STABILITY, THE RATIO IS APROXIMATELY 1:1, AND IT ENDS AT BISMUTH WHICH HAS ATOMIC NUMBER 83. ALL NUCLEI ABOVE ATOMIC NUMBER 83 ARE RADIOACTIVE.

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THE TYPE OF NUCLEAR DECAY CAN BE PREDICTED, TO AN EXTENT, ACCORDING TO AN ELEMENTS NEUTRON TO PROTON RATIO. NUCLEI WITH A HIGH NEUTRON TO PROTON RATIO (ABOVE THE ZONE) - CAN EMIT A BETA PARTICLE, ( 1 0 n 0 -1 e p) WHICH IS A NEUTRON - TO - PROTON CHANGE, SO THE RATIO LEVELS OUT MORE. This increases the atomic number. NUCLEI WITH A LOW NEUTRON TO PROTON RATIO (BELOW THE ZONE) - CAN EMIT POSITRONS ( 1 1 p 0 +1 e n )(EQUIVILENT TO PROTON - TO - NEUTRON CHANGE). This decreases the atomic number OR

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ELECTRON CAPTURE (THIS IS MORE COMMON AS NUCLEAR CHARGE INCREASES). ( 0 -1 e p 1 0 n ), thereby decreasing the atomic number. HEAVY NUCLEI (ATOMIC NUMBER > 84 – CAN UNDERGO ALPHA EMISSION. ( A X Z 4 2 He + A-4 X-2 Y) THIS LOWERS BOTH ATOMIC NUMBER AND MASS NUMBER (PROTONS AND NEUTRONS). THESE TYPES OF EMISSIONS WILL BE ADDRESSED IN DETAIL NOW, FOR BETTER UNDERSTANDING.

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NUCLEAR EQUATIONS: ALPHA PARTICLES ( ), ARE 4 He PARTICLES EMITTED IN SOME NUCLEAR DECAY REACTIONS. FOR EXAMPLE, WHEN 238 U EMITS AN - PARTICLE IT LOSES A 4 2 He WHICH, WHEN SUBTRACTING THE 4 FROM THE MASS # OF 238 U AND THE ATOMIC NUMBER OF He (2) FROM THE ATOMIC NUMBER OF 238 U (92), LEAVES THE ISOTOPE WITH MASS # 234 AND ATOMIC # 90, WHICH IS THORIUM U Th He NOTICE THE SUM OF THE MASS # ON THE RIGHT = SUM OF MASS #S ON THE LEFT (ALSO NOTE SAME WITH ATOMIC #S).

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BETA DECAY ( - DECAY ) - IS WHERE AN ELECTRON IS LOST I Xe e THESE - PARTICLES, EVEN THOUGH THEY ARE ELECTRONS, DO NOT ORIGINATE FROM ORBITALS. THEY ARE EMITTED FROM THE NUCLEUS. THEY ARE NOT NORMALLY RESIDING IN THE NUCLEUS AND COME INTO BEING ONLY WHEN THE NUCLEUS UNDERGOES A NUCLEAR REACTION. THIS IS EQUIVILENT TO A NEUTRON - TO - PROTON CHANGE: 1 0 n 1 1 p e

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GAMMA RADIATION ( ) - IS ANOTHER COMMON TYPE OF NUCLEAR DECAY. - RADIATION CONSISTS OF VERY SHORT s, THUS HIGH ENERGY, ELECTROMAGNETIC RADIATION. (i.e., PHOTONS). THEY ARE OF HIGHER ENERGY THAN X-RAYS. THE MASS # AND ATOMIC NUMBER DO NOT CHANGE. - RADIATION ACCOMPANIES OTHER RADIOACTIVE EMISSION AND IS GENERALLY NOT SHOWN IN EQUATIONS. IT REPRESENTS THE ENERGY LOST DURING THE STABLILIZING REORGANIZATION OF THE NUCLEUS.

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POSITRON EMISSION - WHEN A PARTICLE THE SAME SIZE OF AN ELECTRON BUT OPPOSITE IN CHARGE IS EMITTED. ( 0 1 e ). THEY ARE DESTROYED QUICKLY UPON COLLISION WITH ELECTRONS TO MAKE - RAYS. 0 1 e e EX Na 0 1 e Ne EX C 0 1 e B THIS IS THE EQUIVILENT OF CHANGING THE PROTON TO A NEUTRON, THUS THE DECREASE IN ATOMIC #. THE MASS # STAYS THE SAME.

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ELECTRON CAPTURE IS WHEN AN INNER - ORBITAL ELECTRON IS CAPTURED BY THE NUCLEUS. IT SIMILARLY HAS THE EFFECT OF CONVERTING A PROTON TO A NEUTRON. EX Hg e Au EX Rb e Kr NOTICE THAT THE ELECTRON IS CAPTURED BY THE NUCLEUS AND IS THEREFORE WRITTEN ON THE REACTANT SIDE OF THE EQUATION.

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SAMPLE PROBLEMS: WRITE EQUATIONS FOR THE FOLLOWING: A. CARBON - 11 PRODUCES A POSITRON B. BISMUTH PRODUCES A - PARTICLE C. NEPTUNIUM PRODUCES AN - PARTICLE D. MERCURY UNDERGOES e - CAPTURE. E. THORIUM DECAYS TO PROTACTINIUM - 231` F. SUPPLY THE CORRECT PARTICLE: Au + _________ Pt

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SAMPLE PROBLEMS: WHAT TYPE OF DECAY? SHOW THE REACTION. A. CARBON - 14 (HAS A HIGH n 0 TO p + RATIO) _______________________________________________ B. Xenon (A HEAVY PARTICLE) ________________________________________________

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ANSWERS: C 0 1 e B Bi 0 -1 e Po Np 4 2 He Pa Hg e Au Th 0 -1 e Pa Au e Pt C 14 7 N e Xe Te He

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NUCLEAR TRANFORMATIONS: THE CHANGE OF ONE ELEMENT INTO ANOTHER CAN BE CAUSED BY BOMBARDING ITS NUCLEUS WITH ANOTHER NUCLEUS OR WITH A NEUTRON. THESE ARE INDUCED REACTIONS WRITTEN AS FOLLOWS: TARGET NUCLEI + BOMBARDING PARTICLE EJECTED PARTICLE + PRODUCT NUCLEI

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THESE EQUATIONS HAVE BOTH A SHORT AND LONG HAND REPRESENTATION. SHORT HAND : Al (n, ) Na LONG HAND: Al n 4 2 He Na WRITE THE SHORT HAND FOR: 16 8 O H 4 2 He N ANSWER: 16 8 O (p, ) 13 7 N THERE ARE ALSO OTHER TYPES OF NUCLEAR TRANSMUTATIONS.

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PARTICLE ACCELERATORS (AKA. ATOM SMASHERS) ARE USED TO MOVE PARTICLES FAST ENOUGH TO OVERCOME THE REPULSION FORCES OF THE TARGET NUCLEUS. THE PARTICLES ARE PROJECTED ON A SPIRAL PATHWAY. LINEAR ACCELERATORS USE CHANGING ELECTRIC FIELDS TO ACHIEVE THE HIGH VELOCITIES NEEDED AND PROJECT THE PARTICLES ON A LINEAR PATHWAY.

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RADIOACTIVE DATING: (Using 14 C to determine the age of substances like rocks, fossils, bones, etc.) RADIOACTIVE DECAY IS A FIRST ORDER PROCESS IN WHICH THE HALF LIFE IS CALCULATED AS FOLLOWS: t 1/2 = / K THIS REFERS TO THE TIME IT TAKES FOR HALF OF A GIVEN QUANTITY TO REACT (OR IN THIS CASE, DECAY).

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EX. THE HALF LIFE OF 60 Co IS 5.3 YEARS. HOW MUCH OF A 1.00 g SAMPLE WILL BE LEFT AFTER 15.9 YEARS? SOLN.:15.9 = 3 x 5.3 (THREE HALF LIVES). IN ONE HALF LIFE, g ARE LEFT IN TWO HALF LIVES, g ARE LEFT IN THREE HALF LIVES, g ARE LEFT.

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EX. A ROCK CONTAINS mg OF 206 Pb FOR EVERY 1mg OF 238 U. THE HALF LIFE OF 238 U 206 Pb IS 4.05 X 10 9 YEARS. HOW OLD IS THE ROCK?

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Soln. 1. Find the original quantity of 238 U because it is what we know the half life for. 2. Find K, and from that, find t from ln (x / x o ) = - k t Assume we take a piece of rock that has 1.00 mg of 238 U at present. So, to find the original quantity, mg 206 Pb x 238 mg 238 U = mg 238 U 207 mg 206 Pb Therefore: 1.00 mg mg = mg original 238 U k = / 4.5 x 10 9 yrs = 1.6 x yrs -1 t =( - 1 / k) ln (x / x o ) = (- 1 / 1.6 x ) ln ( 1 / 1.295) t = 1.6 x 10 9 yrs

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IN SUMMARY: 1. ASSUME A CURRENT SAMPLE ( X ) OF 1.00 mg. 2. CALCULATE THE ORIGINAL AMOUNT OF THE SUBSTANCE ( X O ) BY USE OF DIMENSIONAL ANALYSIS. 3. CALCULATE K 4. FIND t FROM t = (-1 / K) ln ( X / X O )

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EX. IF WE START WITH A 1.00 g SAMPLE OF 90 Sr AND g REMAINS AFTER 2.00 yrs. A. WHAT IS t 1/2 ? B. HOW MUCH WILL REMAIN AFTER 5 YEARS? SOLN: ln X / X O = - Kt ln / 1.00g = - K (2.00yr), THEREFORE K = yr -1 t 1/2 = / yr -1 = 28.8 yrs B. ln X / X O = - K t, ln X - ln 1.00g = - (0.0241yr -1 ) (5) ln X = , X = g

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FISSION AND FUSION IN A FISSION PROCESS, WHEN A NUCLEUS IS BOMBARDED WITH A NEUTRON A – PARTICLE IS EMITTED, BUT THE REMAINING PARTICLE BREAKS UP INTO FRAGMENTS. FOR 235 U THE PARTICLE FIRST CHANGES TO THE UNSTABLE 236 U. THIS BREAKS INTO A HEAVY AND A LIGHT FRAGMENT AND AN AVERAGE OF 2.5 NEUTRONS ARE RELEASED.

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THESE RELEASED NEUTRONS CAN PRODUCE AN AVERAGE OF TWO MORE FISSION PROCESSES, WHICH CAN PRODUCE FOUR OR FIVE MORE AND THUS A CHAIN REACTION CAN OCCUR. IF NOT CONTROLLED, THIS CAN LEAD TO AN EXPLOSION.

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THE AVERAGE ENERGY INVOLVED FOR THE FISSION PROCESS OF 235 U 235 U + n 236 U FRAGMENTS + NEUTRONS x 10 –11 J / atom THEREFORE FOR 1.00 g OF 235 U 1.00g x 1 mole x 6.02 x atoms x 3.20 x J = 235 g1 mole1 atom 8.20 x J = 8.20 x 10 7 kJ THIS IS AN ENORMOUS AMOUNT OF ENERGY (EQUIVALENT TO THE COMBUSTION OF APPROXIMATELY 3 TONS OF COAL)

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NUCLEAR FUSION: THIS IS THE PROCESS IN WHICH ENERGY IS PRODUCED ON THE SUN. THE HYDROGEN BOMB IS A FUSION REACTION WHICH IS STARTED BY THE EXPLOSION OF AN ATOMIC BOMB. A GENERAL FUSION REACTION IS ONE WITH DEUTERIUM AND TRITIUM: 2 1 H H 4 2 He n IF THIS PROCESS COULD BE DEVELOPED IT WOULD SUPPLY AN UNLIMITED SOURCE OF ENERGY.

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UNFORTUNATELY, THE TEMPERATURES REQUIRED FOR SUCH A REACTION ARE OVER 40,000,000 K, IN ORDER TO ALLOW FOR THESE NUCLEI THAT REPELL EACH OTHER TO BE IN THE VERY CLOSE PROXIMITY NECESSARY FOR THE REACTION TO OCCUR.

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THE ENERGY MASS CHANGES ASSOCIATED WITH NUCLEAR REACTIONS: USING EINSTEINS EQUATION, E = mc 2 THE ENERGY OF A NUCLER REACTION CAN BE CALCULATED. HERE, m = net change in mass (kg), c = velocity of light (meters / second), E = energy (joules or MeV which are mega electron volts) 1 MeV = x J

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EX. WHAT IS THE ENERGY ASSSCOCIATED WITH THE DECAY OF U ? U Th He WE MUST FIRST CALCULATE THE NET CHANGE IN MASS. THE ATOMIC MASS OF EACH PARTICLE IS: U = u, Th = u, 4 2 He = u PRODUCTS – REACTANTS = – = u INDICATING A NET LOSS IN MASS. 1 u = 1.66 X g (1/12 THE MASS OF 12 C ) continued...

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Changing the mass to grams: u x 1.66 x g = 7.47 x g 1 u E = 7.47 x Kg (3.00 x 10 8 m/s) 2 = 6.7 x J 6.7 x J x 1 MeV = 4.2 MeV x J

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THE END

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