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Topics and Learning Outcomes

  • Nuclear and Radiation Chemistry
    •  use the appropriate notation to denote nuclides and isotopes
    •  explain the factors which govern nuclear stability
    •  balance nuclear equations
    •  recognize the proton-proton chain and primary nucleogenesis reactions
    •  use given equations to calculate quantities such as activities, specific activity and molar activity
    •  calculate ages of artefacts from activity ratios
    •  use and manipulate equations describing exponential decay
    •  explain the main mechanism of biological damage by ionising radiation
    •  explain the main factors that contribute to the severity of radiation damage
    •  explain why radioactive isotopes are useful in cancer therapy and imaging, and identify the most useful types of radiation for each
    •  predict the mode of decay for a given unstable nucleus

Textbook and eBook References

  • Nuclear and Radiation Chemistry - Chapter 1 and Sections 27.1 - 27.4
  • Assumed Knowledge - Chapters 1 - 3
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Lecture Notes, Tutorial Worksheets & Answers and Suggested Exam Questions

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ChemCAL and iChem Resources

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Nuclear and Radiation Chemistry -  
  Balancing Nuclear Equations  
Description: YouTube tutorial
Tags: nuclear equations  |  Contributed by Adam Bridgeman
  Risk from Japanese nuclear reactors  
Description: 'Sydney Morning Herald' report
Contributed by Adam Bridgeman
  Radioactivity Calculations 2 (short video tutorial)  
Description: Calculating the age of a sample using carbon dating
Tags: Half lives | activity | radioactivity  |  Contributed by Liz New
  Balancing Nuclear Equations  
Tags: nuclear equations  |  Contributed by Adam Bridgeman
  Radiation Dose Chart  
Description: Graphical representation from webcomic xkcd
Contributed by Greg Warr
  Radioactivity Calculations 1 (short video tutorial)  
Description: Calculating activities of radioactive elements
Tags: Half lives | activity | radioactivity  |  Contributed by Liz New
  how elements are formed?Fusion and Beyond!  
Description: Ever wonder how most elements are formed? Fusion and beyond! From the NOVA's "Origins" miniseries, host Neil deGrasse Tyson guides us on a journey into the mysteries of the universe, the Earth, and life itself.
Contributed by lydia.daniel
  Interactive Simulations on Nuclear Decay  
Description: A large number of simulations and games that help to understand atomic structure, nuclear decay processes, half-life, and carbon dating.
Contributed by Chiara Neto
  Radioactive Dating Game  
Description: Learn about different types of radiometric dating, such as carbon dating. Understand how decay and half life work to enable radiometric dating. Play a game that tests your ability to match the percentage of the dating element that remains to the age of the object.
Contributed by Chiara Neto
  Ionizing Power and Penetrating Power  
Description: Describes qualitatively the difference in ionizing power of alpha, beta and gamma rays.
Contributed by Chiara Neto
Assumed Knowledge -  
  Bridging Course  
Description: Notes and other resources on basic stoichiometry
Tags: stoichiometry | balancing equations | mole calculations | assumed knowledge  |  Contributed by Adam Bridgeman
  The Mole Concept (short video tutorial)  
Description: Introduction to the mole concept and performing mole calculations
Tags: moles | stoichiometry  |  Contributed by Liz New
  Significant figures  
Description: How to work out the number of significant figures that can be justified when adding, dividing, multiplying and subtracting measurements.
Tags: significant figures | assumed knowledge  |  Contributed by Adam Bridgeman
  Atomic symbols  
Description: how to read atomic symbols to extract the number of electrons, protons and neutrons for atoms, cations and anions
Tags: atomic symbols  |  Contributed by Adam Bridgeman
  Empirical formula calculator  
Description: Work out the empirical formula of a compoound from its elements and their percentage masses
Tags: chemical formula | assumed knowledge  |  Contributed by Adam Bridgeman

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