Quantum Physics - Unit Summary

Total duration

16 lessons, 1 hour each

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Lesson 2 – Radioactivity and nuclear fission

Learning outcomes

After these lessons students will be able to:

Big ideas

Learning Sequence

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  1. Welcome students to this lesson and encourage several of the students to introduce themselves to the class.
  2. Reflection – Teacher undertakes a quick review of the key ideas in the previous lesson.
  3. Investigation – Teacher introduces students to the key ideas using the Prezi L2.1 & L2.2. Resources
  4. Collaboration – Students are encouraged to discuss the key ideas and record the Pros and Cons of generating electric power using either nuclear fission or nuclear fusion. Resources
  5. Discussion – Students are then encouraged to post their arguments for and against the use of each nuclear process using a shared link to a Padlet for discussion and class debate. Resources
  6. Investigation – Students use a Google spread sheet to record the results of their investigation of the radioactive decay of a mythical element called Emenemium. Students discuss their shared results. Resources

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Home Learning

  1. Students explore the Science Channel YouTube – Carbon Dating: (How) does it work? and revisit the key ideas of radioactive half-life to understand how carbon dating can be used to calculate how long ago deceased animals were living. Resources