# Do Now (3/17/14): What are some words and images that come to mind when you hear the word “radioactivity”? What is an isotope? What makes an isotope.

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Do Now (3/17/14): What are some words and images that come to mind when you hear the word “radioactivity”? What is an isotope? What makes an isotope different than its element?

Lesson Objectives Describe nuclear reactions and perform balancing of nuclear reactions by solving problems. Apply radioactivity equations by solving problems.

Nuclear reaction A reaction in which the number of protons or neutrons in the nucleus of an atom changes.

Number of protons in the nucleus of the atom
Atomic number Number of protons in the nucleus of the atom

Sum of protons and neutrons in the nucleus of the atom
Mass number Sum of protons and neutrons in the nucleus of the atom

Alpha decay Radioactive decay process in which the nucleus of an atom emits an alpha particle

Alpha Particle Nucleus of a helium atom

Beta decay Radioactive decay that occurs when a neutron is changed to a proton within the nucleus of an atom, and a beta particle and an antineutrino are emitted

Gamma decay Radioactive process of decay that takes place when the nucleus of an atom emits a gamma ray.

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Isotope Atomic nuclei having the same number of protons but different number of neutrons

All elements have more than one isotope Some isotopes of all elements are radioactive Some half-lives are so short that the isotope is not found naturally Radioactive Isotope display

A Half-Life Is the Time Required for ½ the Atoms of a Substance to Undergo Radioactive Decay Applet Animation T1/2 = time for half the sample             to disintegrate Assume T1/2   =  5 years Number of nuclei present at time t = 0: N0     = When t = 5 yrs,    N = 50 t = 10 yrs,   N = t = 20 yrs,   N = 125. Calculate the half-life animation

Applet Animation

Half Life: Half-life: time needed for half of remaining mass of element to decay

Example #1: Fermium-253 has a half-life of seconds. A radioactive sample is considered to be completely decayed after 10 half-lives. How much time will elapse for this sample to be considered gone?

Decay Rate T1/2=half life λ=decay rate

Example #2: The half life of Zn-71 is 2.4 minute. If one had 100 g at the beginning, what is the decay rate of Zn-71?

Mass remaining m=mass remaining Original mass

Example #3: The half life of Zn-71 is 2.4 minute. If one had 100 g at the beginning, how many grams would be left after 7.2 minutes elapsed?

Practice: Use the rest of class to work on the paper: Radioactivity; problems: #2,5,6, and 7

Do Now (4/24/12): Pd-100 has a half-life of 3.6 days. If one had 6.02x1023 atoms at the start, how many atoms would be present

Do Now (4/24/12): U-238 has a half-life of 4.46x109 years. How much U-238 should be present in a sample 2.5 x years old, if 2 grams were present initially?

Using Logarithms

Using Logarithms

Using Logarithms Solving for λ:

Using Logarithms Solving for t:

The Uranium Decay Series
Decay series animation The only radium that exists today is that which is created as a result of the decay of uranium.

Carbon-14 Production Neutron enters nucleus and kicks out a proton.                     0n1  +  7N >  6C14  + 1p1

Carbon-14 Enters the Ecosystem

Carbon Dating Since living organisms continually exchange carbon with the atmosphere in the form of carbon dioxide, the ratio of C-14 to C-12 approaches that of the atmosphere. From the known half-life of carbon-14 and the number of carbon atoms in a gram of carbon, you can calculate the number of radioactive decays to be about 15 decays per minute per gram of carbon in a living organism.

Measuring the Age of Organic Matter
A German tourist in the Italian Alps discovered the remains of the "Iceman" in the ice of a glacier in

Calculating the Iceman's Age
The current activity per gram of carbon half what it would be if the Iceman were alive. Since the half-life of carbon-14 is about 5700 years, the Iceman's remains are about 5700 years old.

N(t)  =  population at time t N(0) =  population at time zero N0   =   N(0) l     =   decay constant Example:    N0 = 1000 l = 2 x 10-3 years -1 When will N = 200? N   = N0 e-lt                     (1) e-lt = N /N0                      (2) ln (e-lt) = ln (N /N0)         (3) -l t = ln (N /N0)             (4)   N(t) = N0 e-lt   t = - [ln (N /N0)] / l              (5) = - [ln (200/1000)] /2 x10-3      (6) =  805 years

Half-Life Problem The half-life of a radioactive substance is 10 hours.   What is the decay constant, l? N = N0 e-lt                                    (1) 0.50 N0 = N0 e-l10                       (2) e-l10 = 0.50                                  (3) ln(e-l10) = ln(0.50)                       (4) -10 l  =                        (5) l   = hrs-1              (6)

Half-Life Problem From the previous problem, how much time will it take for the sample's activity to fall to only 20% of what it was originally? N = 0.20 N0                              (7) 0.20 N0 = N0 e t             (8) t = ln (0.20)                  (9) t = 23 hours

Decay Constant and Half-Life
N = N0 e-lt                    (1) N0 =  N0 e-lT                  (2) (T = half-life)       e-lT =  0.50                       (3)  ln(e-lT) =  ln(0.50)                   (4) -lT =                      (5)   T =  0.693/l                   (6) l  = 0.693/T                   (7)

Half-Life Example 38Sr90 (strontium-90) has a half-life of 28.5 years. How long will it take for 98% of a sample of strontium-90 to disappear? l  = 0.693/T1/2 = / 28.5 = years-1    0.02 = e t t = - ln(0.02) / years-1 =  161 years

Radioactivity Units A  =  number of disintegrations          per second, activity A  = lN       One becquerel (Bq) is one disintegration per second.   One curie is the number of disintegrations per second (the "activity") of one gram of radium, or about 3.7 x Bq.

Rad:    10 milli-joules per kilogram  20 rads of X-rays doesn't do the same damage to humans as 20 rads of alpha particles Rem:  an absolute biological            damage unit

Radiation Sickness Dose (rems) Effect 50-300 Sickness 400-500
Lethal   50%   (LD50) Above 600 Lethal 100%   (LD100)

Calculate Rems from Rads (Relative Biological Effectiveness)
Radiation R (rems/rad) a-particles  20 Neutrons  10 Protons b-particles    1 g-rays    1 X-rays Example: One joule of energy per kilogram is absorbed in the form of neutrons. Will this prove fatal? 1 rad is ten milli-joules 1 rad = J Example: How many rads of protons will kill a person? 600 rems is fatal RBE for protons is 10 Number of rads = 600 / 10                          = 60

Radon Poisoning Uranium in earth's crust decays to radium, which decays to radon. Radon is an odorless, tasteless, lighter-than-air gas which rises from the ground through cracks and fissures in the earth into homes. When breathed, the alpha- emitting radon can cause cancer of the lung. Radon is the single greatest source of radiations for humans, providing about 200 milli-rems per year per person.

Practice: Complete any four problems from the Radioactivity Worksheet
When you are finished, raise your hand so I can stamp it Bring this paper to school with you this week!

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