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CHAPTER 24 Nuclear Energy I. Radioactivity (p ) I. Radioactivity (p )

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A. Definitions Radioactivity emission of high-energy radiation from the nucleus of an atom Nuclide nucleus of an isotope Transmutation process of changing one element into another via nuclear decay

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B. Types of Radiation Alpha ( ) helium nucleus paper 2+ Beta-minus ( -) electron 1- lead Gamma ( ) high-energy photon 0 concrete

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C. Nuclear Decay Why nuclides decay… to obtain a stable ratio of neutrons to protons Stable Unstable (radioactive)

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C. Nuclear Decay Alpha Emission Beta Emission TRANSMUTATIONTRANSMUTATION

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D. Half-life Half-life (t ½ ) time it takes for half of the nuclides in a sample to decay Example Half-lives polonium seconds lead hours iodine days carbon-145,370 years uranium billion years

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D. Half-life How much of a 20-g sample of sodium-24 would remain after decaying for 30 hours? Sodium-24 has a half-life of 15 hours. GIVEN: total time = 30 hours t 1/2 = 15 hours original mass = 20 g WORK : number of half-lives = 2 20 g ÷ 2 = 10 g (1 half-life) 10 g ÷ 2 = 5 g (2 half-lives) 5 g of 24 Na would remain.

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