E=mc^2 – the most famous equation in the world! If you are teaching your senior-level students about mass-energy equivalence your search is over! This is a phenomenal resource for teachers teaching nuclear physics or nuclear chemistry. In this zipped folder, you’ll find a 21-slide professional PowerPoint presentation with a YouTube video link, a corresponding 3-page student note and 5 pages of homework questions.
Then, you’ll find an activity where students will predict then calculate the energy released in both nuclear fusion and nuclear fission reactions. You can have your students to do this activity individually, with a partner or in a group to continue practicing these skills. This activity is 4 pages long, with 4 pages of homework questions.
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Topics covered in the PowerPoint and note include:
• The Law of Conservation of Mass-Energy, E=mc^2
• new units for mass (atomic mass unit) and energy (mega-electron volt)
• mass defect and binding energy
• actual mass vs. calculated mass
• a worked example, calculating the binding energy and binding energy per nucleon
• nuclear stability
★ 5 homework questions (one per page, so that students can work right within their notes) in which students calculate the binding energy for 4 different elements, then calculate the binding energy per nucleon of each to determine which has the most stable nucleus.
Nuclear Fusion vs. Nuclear Fission – Which Provides More Energy? Activity
• students make a prediction on whether nuclear fusion or nuclear fission provides more energy based on their existing knowledge
• students are given an example of a fission and a fusion reaction and determine the energy released by each
• students answer 3 discussion/calculation-based questions
★ 5 homework questions relate to which types of atoms undergo fusion/fission, researching advancements in controlling nuclear fusion for the purpose of energy production and calculating the energy released in fusion and fission reactions.
Full solutions are included.
The files are available in PDF format to print as-is and as EDITABLE
DOCX document files and PPTX PowerPoint files if you need to make an adjustment to meet the needs of your students.
These lessons and activities can take 1-4 days in class depending on whether you take up all of the homework questions and whether or not you assign the activity for homework.
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