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Investigation 17 - Nuclear Processes

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Natural Radiation

In this lab experience, students investigate the natural radiation around them and measure radioactivity of potassium-40, one of the most abundant minerals on Earth.

Materials Included in Kit
Consumable:
Potassium chloride, 500 g
Non-Consumable:
Metric ruler, transparent, 12", 10
Watch glasses, 10
Additional Materials Required
Flinn Scientific Electronic Balance, 210 g, 0.01 g precision, 10
Extension Buret Clamp, 10
Go Direct Radiation Monitor, 10
Spatulas, Disposable, Box of 300, 1
Support Stand, Economy Choice, 10

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Radioactive Decay

In this lab experience, students carry out an investigation to determine the decay products of radon–222.

Materials Included in Kit
Non-Consumable:
Radioactive decay cards, 10
Six-sided dice, 225

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Nuclear Energy

In this lab experience, students carry out an investigation using dominoes to model critical and supercritical nuclear fission processes.

Materials Included in Kit
Non-Consumable:
Dominoes, 115

Additional Materials Required
Rulers with English/Metric, Opaque, 4
Timer, stopwatch, Flinn, 4

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Nuclear Radiation and Shielding

In this lab experience, students carry out an investigation to determine the penetrating power of alpha, beta, and gamma radiation.
Required: Radioactive sources (AP8796) and Radiation Monitor (TC1618)

Materials Included in Kit
Non-Consumable:
Aluminum sheets, 0.64 mm thick, 24
Lead sheets, 1.6mm thick, 8
Plastic mirror support, 10
Metric ruler, transparent, 12", 10

Additional Materials Required
Radioactive Sources Kit, Set of Three, 8
Go Direct Radiation Monitor, 8
Construction paper, white, 1