If you are teaching about nuclear power generation look no further! This is a phenomenal resource for teachers teaching nuclear physics or nuclear chemistry. In this zipped folder, you’ll find a 23-slide professional PowerPoint presentation with YouTube video links, a corresponding 3-page student note and 3 pages of homework questions.
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Topics covered in this lesson include:
• benefits of nuclear power
• how it works: step-by-step nuclear power generation in a CANDU reactor
• parts of a nuclear reactor
• safety and special features of CANDU reactors
• site selection considerations
• nuclear waste storage and disposal
Homework questions involve:
• site selection with respect to population zones
• site selection of a new reactor in the Great Lakes region (includes map)
• energy conversions within the nuclear reactor
This note and PowerPoint refers to the CANDU reactor used in Canada, and this includes references to Ontario power generation. If you are an Ontario teacher you’re good to go. If you teach somewhere else you’re in luck too – everything is editable!
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.
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- A fun way to review 5 different types of radioactive decay.
- A note with homework, along with a “lab” activity that models carbon dating.
Nuclear Fusion and Nuclear Fission
- A PowerPoint presentation and simple note.
Nuclear Power Generation
- A PowerPoint and Note that shows how nuclear energy stored in uranium is converted into electrical energy by CANDU nuclear reactors.
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Binding Energy Graphing Assignment
- An assignment with solutions and rubric in which students determine nuclear stability of different atoms using spreadsheet software like Excel.
Nuclear Physics Flipbook of Equations of Constants
- A booklet for you and your students to keep handy as you work through this unit.
Nuclear Physics Terminology Domino Puzzle
- A fun way to review specialized vocabulary for this unit.
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This resource aligns with the Ontario’s Secondary Science Curriculum: Energy Unit in Grade 11 University Physics SPH3U.
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