Nuclear Equations

Curriculum support20 mins£3

Key takeaways
An understanding of what is happening in the nucleus when an atom undergoes radioactive decay.
Equation practice for alpha decay and beta decay and how this changes the mass and atomic number of an atom.
Explanations and further equation practice of decays involving gamma decay as a form of electromagnetic radiation.
Laura LewisHost: Laura studied at Royal Holloway University of London and the Open University. She is passionate about science communication and has presented talks about Exoplanets at Oxford University and Imperial College London.

Nuclear equations are used to show how a nucleus changes element. into a new  In this class we will be looking at how nuclear equations are written that display the decay of an atom in a lighter atom via alpha and beta decay. We will look at how to tell which products will be produced using the Periodic table. We will also look at gamma radiation and why this does not lead to a change in mass or atomic number. Join Laura in this fascinating class to breakdown Nuclear Equations. 

For more Physics classes we recommend: Background RadiationAtomic ModelsElectrons and Orbits. 

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Suitable for:

This class is suitable for students in Years 9-11 or S3-S5 studying Physics at GCSE or equivalent level. 

Class requirements:
You will need a laptop or device with internet connection to watch the class, as well as a pen and notepad for taking notes.
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