This resource is also part of the Nuclear Chemistry Bundle!
The objective of this activity Modeling Half-Life with Pennies activity is to help your students to gain a better understanding of the process of radioactive decay through modeling. Students will pretend that pennies represent the nuclei of the radioactive isotope Pennium. This isotope decays to Lincolnium over time. Students will collect data via multiple trials, average their data, sum their data with a small group and then sum their data with all of the other groups in the class. The three data sets will be graphed and students will discover the amazing pattern that exists in half-life graphs.
There is a follow-up sheet with questions about the lab and further questions for applying the new learning.
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