The Radon Test Radioactivity Demonstration Kit provides an excellent approach to studying radon. The short-term test kit allows instructors to “screen” the home for radon problems. Once the radon test kit is exposed, it is sent to the lab.
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Radon is a colorless, odorless, tasteless radioactive gas formed by the natural decomposition of uranium. Radon may be found naturally in soil, rock formations, water or air. Radon poses no risk when released outdoors. The problem occurs when radon gas is released in a confined area like your basement at home. The short-term test kit (two- to four-day test period) allows you to “screen” the home for possible radon problems. Once the radon screening test kit is exposed, it is sent to the laboratory. An analysis of the kit is completed, and you are sent a detailed report. The lab analysis and report are included in the purchase price of the kit. There are no additional charges. Includes the Flinn ChemFax titled “Radon Safety,” which provides you with an excellent introduction to the study of radon.
Concepts: Radioactivity, decay series, alpha radiation
Time Required: Two- to four-day test period
Materials Provided: Radon tester