Ionising Radiation
Quantum and Nuclear

Alpha particles scattering analogue: plastic hill and ramp

Teaching Guidance for 14-16 PRACTICAL PHYISCS

The plastic hill and ramp can be used as an analogue for alpha particles (ball bearings) being scattered by the electric field around a nucleus. The hill is a 1/r shape (the same as the electrical potential around a nucleus due to its electric charge). This piece of apparatus is available from Philip Harris.

Ionising Radiation
is used in analyses relating to Radioactive dating
can be analysed using the quantity Half-Life Decay Constant Activity

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