Nuclear Chemistry: Unit Group Study Guide

Nuclear Chemistry: Unit Group Study Guide
Nuclear Chemistry: Unit Group Study Guide
Nuclear Chemistry: Unit Group Study Guide
Nuclear Chemistry: Unit Group Study Guide
Nuclear Chemistry: Unit Group Study Guide
Nuclear Chemistry: Unit Group Study Guide
Nuclear Chemistry: Unit Group Study Guide
Nuclear Chemistry: Unit Group Study Guide
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I have had such success using study groups when review time comes around. Students are assigned a study partner. Then when it’s time for a review, I have them study with their study partner or with another two partners to form study groups. I like study groups better and have more success with groups. I think this is a great exercise in studying together, and hopefully they will continue to use this highly effective strategy when they are in college.

But the best thing about using study groups is that it frees up the teacher to monitor understanding, identify struggling students, or even pull a group to work with.

Don’t stress! You don’t have to copy one set for every student! I have found that these colorful, illustrated study cards keep students engaged in the review. I laminate them on card stock so the color won’t bleed through, and I can make two-sided copies. I like to print one set per partnership. So, if I have seven groups of four, that’s fourteen sets to copy. If you can afford it, you could make one copy for each student to use in class. So, for example above that would be 28 copies. Print a class set – enough for the number of groups you will have, and you will have this great resource for years to come.

The student answer sheet is editable in case you want to change any of the questions to fit your needs. I don’t take up the student answer sheet. Students can take these home for a final look through since the questions are included. Also, if you don’t have time to do a group study session, these student questions can act as a stand-alone study guide with students using their notes to complete.

SPECIAL NOTE: Please look through the preview above for this resource. Each topic included is shown clearly. This study guide is NOT editable. The student answer sheet is editable. You can edit the questions should you need to take something out, or add something.

This Unit Study Guide includes these objectives:

  • Compare chemical reactions and nuclear reactions
  • Describe how the strong nuclear force and electrostatic forces affect the nucleus
  • Describe nuclear stability as it relates to the Band of Stability
  • Identify and describe the Three major types of nuclear radiation with regards to: symbol, effect on the nucleus, danger, and protection
  • Identify and describe other nuclear emissions such as positron, neutron, and proton
  • Describe electron capture (K-Capture)
  • Describe the characteristics of a nuclear reaction
  • Describe the effects of alpha and beta decay on the nucleus
  • Diagram alpha and beta decay
  • Solve and write nuclear equations
  • Describe gamma ray emission
  • Define half-life and decay series
  • Interpret and complete a decay series
  • Solve half-life problems
  • Define nuclear fission, chain reaction, and nuclear fusion and distinguish between them.
  • Describe how a fission reaction is used in a nuclear power plant
  • Diagram and write an equation for fission
  • Diagram and write an equation for fusion.
  • Compare the benefits and drawbacks of fission and fusion

Included in this resource:

  • Group Study Cards (4 pages)
  • Student Answer Sheet with questions (pdf)
  • Editable Student Answer Sheet
  • KEY

This study guide will be a something you will want to use year after year!

This lesson is appropriate for grades 9-12 chemistry.

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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.
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