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Nuclear Reactions Chapter 10. Standards SPS3. Students will distinguish the characteristics and components of radioactivity SPS3a. Differentiate among.

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1 Nuclear Reactions Chapter 10

2 Standards SPS3. Students will distinguish the characteristics and components of radioactivity SPS3a. Differentiate among alpha and beta particles and gamma radiation. SPS3b. Differentiate between fission and fusion. SPS3c. Explain the process half-life as related to radioactive decay. SPS3d. Describe nuclear energy, its practical application as an alternative energy source, and its potential problems.

3 Nuclear Radiation Radioactive Decay: unstable isotopes emit particles and release energy to become stable isotopes. after radioactive decay, the element changes into a different isotope of the same element or into an entirely different element.

4 Radiation Nuclear Radiation: particles and energy released from the nucleus during radioactive decay.

5 Types of Radiation Alpha (  ) -protons and neutrons paper 2+ Beta-minus (  -) -electrons and positrons 1- lead Gamma (  ) - high-energy photons 0 concrete

6 Types of Nuclear Radiation (pg 238) Radiation Type SymbolWhat is it?Mass (kg)Charge Travel depth through materials Alpha particle 2 protons and 2 neutrons 6.646x10-27+2 Least far due to massive size Beta particle Fast-moving electrons or positrons 9.109x10-31 -1, (+1) Farther than alpha, but still not far Gamma ray Form of electromagnetic energy None0 Through clothes; Can cause harm Neutron A neutron leaving the nucleus 1.675x10-270 Penetrate the farthest

7 Nuclear Decay Anytime an unstable nucleus emits alpha or beta particles, the number of protons and neutrons changes. Alpha decay: atomic mass and number change Beta decay: atomic number changes Gamma decay: energy of the nucleus is lower, but no change in atomic number or mass

8 Nuclear Decay Why nuclide (nucleus of an isotope) decay… to obtain a stable ratio of neutrons to protons Stable Unstable (radioactive)

9 Alpha Decay 226 88 + Ra 4 He 2 222 86 Rn 226 = 222 + 4 88 = 86 + 2 (atomic mass & atomic number change)

10 Beta Decay Equations 14 6 +C 0 e 14 7 C 14 = 14 + 0 6 = 7 + (-1) ( atomic mass stays the same; atomic number changes by 1)

11 Actinium-217 decays by releasing an alpha particle. Write the equation for this decay process and determine which element is formed. 227 89 + Ac 4 He 2 A Z X

12 Complete the following radioactive-decay equation. Identify the isotope X. Indicate whether alpha or beta decay takes place. 63 28 + Ni 0 e A Z X

13 Radioactive Decay Rates Half-life : time in which half of a radioactive substance decays; measure of how quickly a substance decays. -Iodine-131: used by doctors to diagnose medical problems -Potassium-40: used by geologists to predict the age of rocks

14 Calculating Half-Life Radium-226 has a half-life of 1599 years. How long will 7/8 of a sample take to decay? 1. Find out how much will be left. 8/8 - 7/8 = 1/8 left over 2. Calculate how many half-lives until only 1/8 is left. 1 1/2 1/4 1/8 One half lifeTwo half livesThree half lives 3. Calculate how many years it will take for 3 half lives to occur. 1599 x 3 = 4797 years

15 Nuclear Fission Nuclear fission : the process by which a nucleus splits and neutrons and energy are released. Nuclear chain reaction: a continuous series of fission reactions (pg 340)

16 Nuclear Fusion Nuclear fusion : when 2 light nuclei combine to form a heavier nuclei -Hydrogen is turned into Helium on the sun. (pg 342)

17 Radiation on Earth All around you. Background radiation : arises naturally from the sun, soil, rocks, and plants You are exposed to more radiation in the mountains than at sea level

18 Beneficial Uses of Radiation Smoke detectors release alpha particles Radiation is used in x rays, MRIs, CT scans, PET scans, and ultrasounds Radiation therapy is used to treat cancer Used in agriculture to track the flow of water

19 Nuclear Radiation Risks High levels of radiation exposure can cause radiation sickness High concentrations of radon gas can cause cancer

20 Nuclear Power AdvantagesDisadvantages Does not produce greenhouse gases Radioactive products must be handled and stored carefully so they do not escape. Much more energy available in uranium reserves than gas and coal. Expensive to build due to many safety regulations. Waste must be stored in areas away from people, homes, water, earthquakes.


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