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Unit 9: Radioactivity and Nuclear Energy

Unit 9 is on the topic of nuclear radition and nuclear energy. We will learn what nuclear radiation is and how it is used for both bad and good purposes. It will be a shortened due to the end of the school year. The actual schedule for the remaining days is listed below on this page.

There are two Reading Guides and two other non-Reading WebAssigns. There will be a quiz on this topic on Thursday, May 31. It will be the last score of the quarter.

Final Exam

The Chemistry Final Exam will be during the Block 1 time slot in the Lyceum on Monday, June 4. It will be only mildly cummulative. That is to say that content learned first semester will be on the Final Exam. However, it is the first semester content that was repeated during second semester or incredibly important that will find its way into the Final Exam. Most questions will be based on second semester content.

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Binding Energy Curve

On Tuesday (5/29), we will discuss Einstein's E = m•c2 equation and its use in calculating the binding energy of a nucleus. Reference will be made to the following binding energy curve:

Stellar Nucleosythesis

On Tuesday (5/29), we will discuss stellar nucleosynthesis. Part of the discussion will involve the viewing of a video by Sixty Symbols.

Relative Abundance of Radioisotopes

As we discuss radioactivity, radioactive decay series, and the relative abundance of radioisotopes, we will be looking at the following data:

Nuclear Power Plant Video Series

On Thursday (5/31), we will discuss nuclear power. The following 3-part YouTube video series provides an understandable pro-con approach to the topic.

The Most Radioactive Places on Earth

On Thursday (5/31), we will discuss radiation exposure and watch the Veritasium video titled The Most Radioactive Places on Earth.

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How It All Ends

Here's how the year will end … in case you're wondering … or planning … or plotting. (Subject to change and fine-tuning)

Monday, May 14
Discuss Unit 8 Test. Discuss Nuclear Energy (pp. 1-2; pp. 3-4). Titration Project (45-55 minutes)
: Prep for Test

Wednesday, May 16
Discuss Poster Presentation. Nuclear Energy (pp. 3-4). Unit 8 Test.
HW: Poster Presentation; Project Preparation

Friday, May 18
Titration Project (Last day with chemicals in the room.)
: WebAssign. Poster Presentation

Tuesday, May 22
Nuclear Energy Unit (pp. 1-6); work on Poster Presentation/Planning (50 minutes)
: Poster Presentation  and WebAssign

Thursday, May 24
(Shortened Periods) Discuss Nuclear Unit (p. 5);  Half Life Mathematics (pp. 13-14 and pp. 11-12)
HW: WebAssign; Final Exam Review

Tuesday, May 29
Nuclear Unit: Half Life (pp. 11-12); Nuclear Energy (pp. 15-16)
HW:  WebAssign; Final Exam Review

Thursday, May 31
Discuss Final Exam/Review; ∆E=mc2 (p. 9); Stellar Nucleosynthesis (pp. 7-8); Unit 9 Quiz; Closing Comments

Periodic Table in Pictures and Words

For those who are connoisseurs of periodic tables or simply would like to relish a great moment of geekery, tap the link below and explore on this interactive periodic table of the elements.

Visit Interactive Periodic Table with Words and Pictures.

FREE: A Chemistry Study Tip

Stretching out your studies over a lengthy period of time so that there are many "visits" of the material is far better than lengthier, less-frequent sessions of intense studies. So what's this have to do with Chemistry class? I'm going to tell you:

A little Chemistry each day helps. Your homework usually includes two WebAssigns - one is a "looking ahead" WebAssign in which you read about something that is coming up next. The other is a "looking behind" WebAssign in which you practice using something that we just learned in class. So why not do the "Looking behind" WebAssign on the evening of the Blue day - the day you were presented with the material. And then do the "Looking ahead" WebAssign on the evening of the Gold day - the evening just prior to when we cover the material the next morning. Hopefully that makes sense ... and it gives you a little Chemistry every day.  =SIGH=

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Today in Class

> Thursday, May 31 <<

Focus Question(s):
  • How do we measure radiation? What are the effects?
  • How do nuclear power plants work?
  • What is the Final Exam like?


  • Discuss Stellar Nucleosynthesis (pp. 7-8); Creating the Elements by Sixty Symbols
  • Nuclear Power Plants (pp. 15-16); videos
  • Radiation Measurement (pp. 18-20)
  • Veritasium Video
  • Quiz on Unclear Chemistry
  • Closing Comments/Final Exam

  • Prepare for Final Exam

Next Time in Class

>> Monday, June 4 <<

The Final Exam will be in the Lyceum at 8:15 AM on Monday.

Periodic Tables

Are you in need of a periodic table?  Try one of the following websites:

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