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Atomic and Nuclear Physics / Mātai Ahupūngao Karihi

Slides / Ngā Kirita🔗

  1. Atoms and Isotopes (Slides)
  2. Atomic Structure (Slides)
  3. Nuclear Decay (Slides)
  4. Nuclear Equations (Slides)
  5. Half Life (Slides)
  6. Nuclear Fission and Fusion (Slides)

Learning Outcomes / Ngā Whāinga Ako

  1. Describe the key components of the history of the atom, including Dalton, Thompson and Rutherford models.
  2. Describe Rutherford’s gold leaf experiment.
  3. Define the terms proton, neutron, electron, nucleon, atomic mass, atomic number and isotope.
  4. Understand the conditions governing atomic stability and therefore why some atoms are radioactive
  5. Describe half-life, and the dangers of radioactive waste.
  6. Complete basic calculations involving half-life.
  7. Describe the three forms of radioactivity – Alpha, Beta and Gamma radiation.
  8. Balance nuclear equations using the knowledge of the conservation of atomic and mass numbers.
  9. Describe the effect a magnetic field has on each form of radiation
  10. Describe binding energy and mass energy equivalence in terms of $E=mc^{2}$
  11. Explain the difference between Fission and Fusion
  12. Discuss how nuclear power is generated, safety features and dangers. Include basic history of Fukushima, Chernobyl, Windscale, Three Mile island, Hiroshima & and Nagasaki and K-19, K-27, K-413.
  13. Complete energy and power calculations for a nuclear power plant.

Unit Plan / Mahere Kōwae

Akoranga 1 (Mon)Akoranga 2 (Tues)Akoranga 3 (Wed)Akoranga 4 (Thurs)
T3 W101. Structure of the Atom2. Discovering Atomic Structure 13. Discovering Atomic Structure 24. Radioactive Decays 1
T4 W15. Radioactive Decays 26. Writing Equations7. Half-Life8. Half-Life 2
T4 W29. Fission & Fusion 110. Fission & Fusion 211. Revision12. Test

Lesson Plans / Ngā Mahere Akoranga

  1. Structure of the Atom

  2. Discovering Atomic Structure 1

    • Mahi Tuatahi: In ngā kirita
    • Notes on atomic models and their history
    • Notes on Gold Foil whakamātau
    • Whakakite: Show Gieger counter & radiation sources. Discuss types of radiation.
  3. Discovering Atomic Structure 2

    • Mahi Tuatahi: In ngā kirita on gold foil experiment
    • Video on atomic structures in ngā kirita
    • Ngohe Tahi: Mahi Kāinga Booklet: Q2 & Q4
  4. Radioactive Decays 1

  5. Radioactive Decays 2

    • Mahi Tuatahi: Recall physical quantities conserved during nuclear decays
    • Te Whāinga Ako: Describe the three forms of radioactivity – Alpha, Beta and Gamma radiation.
    • Notes on beta and gamma decays
    • Notes on uses of radioactive decays
    • Two videos about decay and nuclear mishaps
  6. Writing Equations

    • Mahi Tuatahi: Cloze in notes
    • Te Whāinga Ako: Balance nuclear equations using the knowledge of the conservation of atomic and mass numbers.
    • Clozes, notes and tauria decays for all three types of decay
    • Less guided decays at the end including double decays and absorption
  7. Half-Life

    • Mahi Tuatahi
      • Dice experiment
      • 3x nuclear equations in slides
    • Te Whāinga Ako:
      • Be able to make half-life graphs
      • Be able to interpret half-life graphs
    • Video and notes about half-life
    • 1x brute force calculation question
    • 1x more refined graphical calculation
  8. Half-Life 2

  9. Fission & Fusion 1

  10. Fission & Fusion 2

  11. Revision

  12. Test