the student will be able to understand the experimental design and conclusions used in the development of modern atomic theory, including Dalton’s Postulates, Thomson’s discovery of electron properties, Rutherford’s nuclear atom, and Bohr’s nuclear atom;
: use isotopic composition to calculate average atomic mass of an element
describe the characteristics of alpha, beta, and gamma radiation;
: describe radioactive decay process in terms of balanced nuclear equations; and
: compare fission and fusion reactions.