This topic does not lend itself to much practical work; there are a few analogue demonstrations which can be valuable.
Starting from the pattern of stability, this section looks at forces in the nucleus and the idea of binding energy.
Students need to move beyond the idea that nuclear changes are represented solely by alpha, beta and gamma decay. There are...
In this episode, you can look at the different features of the core of a nuclear reactor, and explain its operation using your...
This episode discusses: mass defect and atomic mass units; and, fission and fusion linked to binding energy. And is...
In matter and nuclear physics, we explain macroscopic behaviours using descriptions of microscopic models. This presents...
Physicist Lisa Meitner, who many people believe should have been awarded a Nobel Prize for her work on nuclear fission, was...
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