An Atomic Assault: Nuclear Chemistry Unit (PBL) with Distance Learning Option

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An Atomic Assault: A "Nuclear Chemistry" Unit (PBL) for High School Chemistry

Summary:

A father is accused of assault with a radioactive substance. To go forward with a criminal case, investigators need to know what substance was used. Students will study radiation, radioactive decay, and half-life to determine what radioactive substance was used.

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Both the classroom version and the distance learning version follow the outline below. In the distance learning option, the case is presented using readings and videos.

Objectives:

The student understands the basic processes of nuclear chemistry. The student is expected to:

(A) describe the characteristics of alpha, beta, and gamma radiation;

(B) describe radioactive decay process in terms of balanced nuclear equations; and

(C) explain half-life

(D) compare fission and fusion.

NGSS - HS-PS1-8 Develop models to illustrate the changes in the composition of the nucleus of the atom and the energy released during the processes of fission, fusion, and radioactive decay.

Time: 6 days

Day 1: Introduction

Day 2: Alpha Decay

Day 3: Beta Decay

Day 4: Gamma Radiation

Day 5: Fission/ Fusion and Half-life

Day 6: Summary and Review

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NGSSHS-PS1-8
Develop models to illustrate the changes in the composition of the nucleus of the atom and the energy released during the processes of fission, fusion, and radioactive decay. Emphasis is on simple qualitative models, such as pictures or diagrams, and on the scale of energy released in nuclear processes relative to other kinds of transformations. Assessment does not include quantitative calculation of energy released. Assessment is limited to alpha, beta, and gamma radioactive decays.
Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context relevant to grades 11–12 texts and topics.
Determine the central ideas or conclusions of a text; summarize complex concepts, processes, or information presented in a text by paraphrasing them in simpler but still accurate terms.
Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context relevant to grades 9–10 texts and topics.
Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of science and technical texts, attending to the precise details of explanations or descriptions.

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