The Nucleus is an exciting new way to teach nuclear physics using SciCo (Science Concepts) to introduce an understanding of the inner workings of the atomic nucleus.
The Nucleus is the first in a series on introductory nuclear physics. It is an interactive learning program that combines theory, simulations and labs to teach about the discovery and understanding of the properties of the atomic nucleus. This unit follows the ChemCo unit on The Atom.
The Nucleus is part of the SciCo learning system which s ideal for the home schooled or independent learner and for enriching students who want to strengthen and expand their understanding of nuclear physics. Teachers with access to a computer lab might use The Nucleus to enhance the classroom experience.
The Nucleus includes 35 pages of problems and activities. Several simulations, from the mass spectrometer to the Geiger counter to decay chains and bubble chambers help students to visualize experiments that would be far too expensive, dangerous, time consuming or just plain impossible.
Isotopes of Lithium
Isotopes of Magnesium
Discovery of X-rays
Discovery of Radioactivity
Properties of Ionizing Radiation
The Geiger Counter
Geiger Counter II
Naturally Occurring Isotopes
Thorium Decay Chain
Uranium Decay Chain
Where From Here?
The Nucleus is a rich learning experience that gives students experience in the creative experiments that have been used to reveal the secrets of the atomic nucleus. There are over 700 problems to be solved and feedback is immediate. Students can work at their own pace and repeat the material until they are satisfied with their results. The testing and evaluation is in the process, no need for memorizing all of the facts presented for a summary test. SciCo assumes, as in life, that students learn enough by doing, and experience shows an increased retention and understanding of the material, together with an increased breadth of learning. This idea of combining the learning with the evaluation frees the teacher to present much more material including history and interesting ideas, labs and technologies without the expectation that the detail has to be absorbed to the level of repeating onto a written test. This exposure technique makes the learning process much more interesting and enjoyable.
If you want more information on how SciCo works, there are two resources for learning how to use SciCo. These are available for free on my Teachers Pay Teachers site. They are:
• Introducing SciCo
- a short video on how to use SciCo
- a version of the SciCo program that teaches the user how to use SciCo and allows you to check that the program will work on your computer.
There are four earlier sections in the ChemCo series:
Introduction to Chemistry
These are available at my SciCo site on Teachers Pay Teachers.
For more information you can also check out: www.scico.ca