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Nuclear Fission—Demonstration Kit

By: The Flinn Staff

Item #: AP6883 

Price: $101.00

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The Nuclear Fission Radioactivity Demonstration Kit illustrates the properties of a nuclear chain reaction with a creative domino-toppling activity. Students learn about nuclear reactions and how it’s possible for energy to be released quickly.

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What exactly is a nuclear reaction? How is it possible for so much energy to be released so quickly? Demonstrate the properties of a nuclear chain reaction with this creative domino-toppling activity. The demonstration starts with two sets of 112 dominoes laid out in separate patterns. One set of dominoes is arranged in a straight line. The second set of dominoes is laid out on a specially designed template so that each domino has two dominoes in its path. When students time each event, they discover it takes several seconds to completely topple all the dominoes in a straight line. The domino-chain reaction in the second arrangement, however, is over in the blink of an eye!

Concepts: Fission, chain reaction, neutron capture.
Time Required: 20 minutes


Materials Included in Kit:
Black double, 6 standard domino, 224
Fission sheet, 11" x 17"

Correlation to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

Science & Engineering Practices

Asking questions and defining problems
Developing and using models
Using mathematics and computational thinking
Constructing explanations and designing solutions

Disciplinary Core Ideas

MS-PS1.A: Structure and Properties of Matter
MS-PS1.B: Chemical Reactions
HS-PS1.A: Structure and Properties of Matter
HS-PS1.B: Chemical Reactions
HS-PS1.C: Nuclear Processes

Crosscutting Concepts

Cause and effect
Systems and system models
Energy and matter
Stability and change

Performance Expectations

MS-PS1-5. Develop and use a model to describe how the total number of atoms does not change in a chemical reaction and thus mass is conserved.
HS-PS1-1. Use the periodic table as a model to predict the relative properties of elements based on the patterns of electrons in the outermost energy level of atoms.
HS-PS1-2. Construct and revise an explanation for the outcome of a simple chemical reaction based on the outermost electron states of atoms, trends in the periodic table, and knowledge of the patterns of chemical properties.
HS-PS1-8. Develop models to illustrate the changes in the composition of the nucleus of the atom and the energy released during the processes of fission, fusion, and radioactive decay.