The history of the development of nuclear technologies the 1890s to today. It's a fun way to introduce nuclear energy and technologies into your Physics or Chemistry class!
This resource is also part of my amazing, cost saving Physics Bundle
and the Nuclear Energy Enriched Bundle
In this activity, student receive The Timeline of Nuclear Technology outline with the dates of major developments and notable disasters. Students will cut out historical events and work with a partner or group to determine when each event happened. This encourages logical thinking and academic debate between students. It is also so much more fun than watching a presentation on this material.
The files are available in PDF format to print as-is and as EDITABLE
PPTX PowerPoint files if you need to make an adjustment to meet the needs of your students. Full solutions are included. The timeline is available in two sizes, Letter (8.5x11”) and Tabloid (11x17”).
Topics included in the timeline are:
• Roentgen discovers X-Rays
• Marie and Pierre Curie discover radioactive nuclides
• Rutherford discovers half-life
• Rutherford distinguishes between alpha and beta decay
• Einstein publishes the Law of Mass-Energy Equivalence
• Hann and Strassman split uranium with neutrons
• Einstein signs a letter to the US President proposing the Manhattan Project
• Fermi achieves the first nuclear chain reaction
• Nuclear bombs are used on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan
• The first nuclear energy generator is created
• NASA launches Voyager 1 space probe, powered by plutonium
• disasters at Three Mile Island, Chernobyl and Fukushima
A one-page worksheet of homework questions is also provided as a follow-up to this activity. These questions require the students to do some further research into the Manhattan Project, famous scientists and other historical events related to nuclear technologies
The worksheet is available as a PDF file to print as-is and as an EDITABLE
DOCX file if you need to make an adjustment to meet the needs of your students. Full solutions are included.
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I've included the one-page Are You Ready
worksheet in this zipped folder.
Check out other exciting resources in the Nuclear Energy Enriched Bundle!
Are You Ready?
- A preparation worksheet before studying Nuclear Physics/Chemistry.
Nuclear Energy Timeline
- The history of the development of nuclear technologies the 1890s to today. Includes homework questions.
- A PowerPoint presentation with corresponding student notes and homework questions.
- A PowerPoint presentation with corresponding student notes, homework questions and a fun maze practice page.
Radioactive Decay – Maze Practice Page
- 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.
- A PowerPoint presentation with corresponding notes and homework that introduces Einstein’s most famous equation: E=mc^2.
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.
Mrs. Brosseau’s Binder
This resource aligns with the Ontario’s Secondary Science Curriculum: Energy Unit in Grade 11 University Physics SPH3U.
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