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Topics and Learning Outcomes

  • Nuclear and Radiation Chemistry
    •  recognise nuclear reactions, including the major spontaneous decay mechanisms
    •  calculate the average atomic mass from isotope information
    •  balance nuclear reactions
    •  determine decay mechanisms of nuclides
    •  describe factors involved in nuclear stability
    •  describe the features of fission reactions and their control
    •  recognise stable and unstable nuclides
    •  predict the decay mechanism for an unstable isotope
    •  calculate the activity or half-life of an unstable nuclide from appropriate data.
    •  calculate the age of a sample using the carbon-14 method and know the underlying assumptions and appropriate timescale for its application
    •  explain the main factors that contributes to effective radiation dose, including penetrating power, activity, energy
    •  explain the main mechanism of biological damage by ionizing radiation
    •  explain the use of radioactive isotopes in medical imaging, and distinguish the information obtained from X-rays
    •  explain how isotope generators produce such as 99mTc for medical imaging, and give some examples of its use
    •  explain PET, the generation of radioisotopes by a cyclotron, and know the kinds of isotopes produced
  • Wave Theory of Electrons and Atomic Energy Levels
    •  name the key experimental observations that led to the development of quantum mechanics
    •  convert between velocity, kinetic energy or momentum and wavelength of a free electron (or other particle of known mass)
    •  identify the components of the wave equation
    •  convert between the wavelength, frequency and energy of light
    •  calculate the allowed energy of a hydrogen-like atom of atomic number Z and quantum number n, and the wavelength of a transition between energy levels.
    •  appreciate how the wave nature of an electron leads to discrete energy levels

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
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Nuclear and Radiation Chemistry -  
  Balancing Nuclear Equations  
 
Description: YouTube tutorial
Tags: nuclear equations  |  Contributed by Adam Bridgeman
 
  Balancing Nuclear Equations  
 
Tags: nuclear equations  |  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
 
  Radioactivity Calculations 1 (short video tutorial)  
 
Description: Calculating activities of radioactive elements
Tags: Half lives | activity | radioactivity  |  Contributed by Liz New
 
  Fe[26]  
 
Description: Similar to the 2048 game, you have to get to stable iron. Ideal for when you need a (brief) break from studying.
Tags: game | radioactivity  |  Contributed by Kat Badiola
 
  Risk from Japanese nuclear reactors  
 
Description: 'Sydney Morning Herald' report
Contributed by Adam Bridgeman
 
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
 

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