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Properties of Nuclear Radiation: Penetrating Power of α, β and γ Radiation—ChemTopic™ Lab Activity

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Nuclear radiation is potentially very harmful to living organisms, but it has been harnessed for many beneficial purposes like medicine and energy. With the Properties of Nuclear Radiation: Penetrating Power of α, β and γ Radiation—ChemTopic™ Lab Activity, compare the properties of alpha, beta and gamma radiation and investigate their relative penetrating powers by measuring changes in recorded activity as different shielding materials are placed between the source and the detector.

Concepts

  • Alpha
  • Beta and Gamma Radiation
  • Ionizing Radiation
  • Penetrating Power
  • Shielding