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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
  • Wave Theory of Electrons and Atomic Energy Levels
    •  calculate the energy of a photon from its wavelength, and its wavelength from its energy
    •  relate absorption and emission of photons to changes in electron energy levels
    •  calculate energy levels for one-electron atoms
    •  calculate the momentum of particle from its wavelength and calculate the wavelength of a particle from its momentum
  • Shape of Atomic Orbitals and Quantum Numbers
    •  identify the key features of waves in 1-3 dimensions - displacement, amplitude, nodes
    •  recall that s orbitals have n – 1 spherical nodes
    •  recall that the spatial extent of the electron increases with energy
    •  identify the principal quantum number
    •  recall the Born interpretation of the electron wave
    •  explain the meaning of the orbital quantum numbers, n, l, m, and the designation of orbitals such as 1s, 3d, 4p, 4f
    •  recognise the representations of waves as cross-sectional graphs, contour plots and lobes
    •  recognise the shapes of atomic orbitals in these representations
    •  deduce the number of nodal planes and spheres for an s, p or d orbital
    •  draw a lobe representation of an s or p orbital

Textbook and eBook References

  • Nuclear and Radiation Chemistry - Chapter 1 and Sections 27.1 - 27.4
  • Wave Theory of Electrons and Resulting Atomic Energy Levels - Section 4.2
  • Shape of Atomic Orbitals and Quantum Numbers - Sections 4.3 and 4.4
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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
 
Wave Theory of Electrons and Resulting Atomic Energy Levels -  
  Characteristic properties of waves  
 
Tags: Waves | wavelength | frequency | radiation  |  Contributed by Adam Bridgeman
 
  Properties of Waves (short video tutorial)  
 
Description: Video tutorial on the properties of waves
Tags: Waves | wavelength | frequency | radiation  |  Contributed by Adam Bridgeman
 
  The Photoelectri Effect  
 
Description: See how light knocks electrons off a metal target, and recreate the experiment that spawned the field of quantum mechanics.
Contributed by Chiara Neto
 
Shape of Atomic Orbitals and Quantum Numbers -  
  Gallery of atomic and molecular orbitals  
 
Tags: atomic orbitals  |  Contributed by Adam Bridgeman
 
  Atomic orbitals  
 
Description: Introduction to what atomic orbitals are
Tags: atomic orbitals  |  Contributed by Adam Bridgeman
 
  Atomic orbitals (rotatable animations)  
 
Tags: atomic orbitals  |  Contributed by Adam Bridgeman
 
  Introduction to atomic orbitals  
 
Description: Khan Academy video
Tags: atomic orbitals  |  Contributed by Adam Bridgeman
 

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