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360Science™: Radioactive Decay

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In this lab students evaluate radioactive decay. This is done as a simulation since we are unable to study this phenomena directly in the lab. Starting with radon-222 they are asked to arrange radioactive decay cards in the order of the natural radioactive decay with either an alpha or beta particle between each element. Students then construct a graph to show their decay chain.

Concepts

  • Radioactive decay
  • Alpha particle
  • Beta particle
  • Half-life