Learning Outcomes
• Historical outline of radioactivity: work of
Becquerel (discovery of radiation from
uranium salts); Ma...
Antoine Henri Becquerel
• In 1896, while investigating
uranium salts, Becquerel
accidentally discovered
radioactivity . Be...
Marie Curie
• developed a theory of
radioactivity techniques
for isolating radioactive
isotopes, and discovered
two new el...
Natural Radiation comes from
•
•
•

•

•

Sources in the earth that contain
radioactive isotopes.
Sources from space in th...
Pierre Curie
• Pierre discovered nuclear
energy, by identifying the
continuous emission of heat
from Radium particles. He
...
Learning Outcomes
• Alpha, beta and gamma radiation (nature and
penetrating ability).One example each of:
• an α-emitter, ...
Radioactivity
• Is the spontaneous
breaking up of
unstable nuclei with
the emission of one or
more types of
radiation
• Th...
Alpha particle
Alpha
•
•
•
•

Made of 2 protons + 2 neutrons
Helium nucleus
From unstable nuclei
Low penetration; stopped by a sheet of
p...
Alpha particle
Smoke detector
Beta
• Electrons
• Formed when a neutron decays into a
proton and an electron
• Penetrate 5mm of aluminum
• Carbon-14 used...
Neutron decay
Carbon 14
Learning Outcomes
• Uses of radioisotopes (three examples).
• 14C age determination (calculations not
required).
• 60Co fo...
The animation below shows the decay of a
radioactive sample of Carbon-14 to stable
Nitrogen by the emission of beta partic...
Carbon-14 decays to nitrogen-14
Take in Carbon-14
• The percentage of
carbon-14 in all of
these living things is
the same as the
percentage of carbon14 in...
Death
• The carbon-14 within
every once-living
thing will someday
turn back into
nitrogen-14
Carbon-14 detection
Gamma
•
•
•
•

High energy electromagnetic radiation
Not deflected by magnetic or electric fields
Only stopped by several ...
Gamma Rays
Learning Outcomes
• Demonstration of properties –detection and
penetrating power
Penetration
Penetration 2
Learning Outcomes
• Distinction between chemical reaction and
nuclear reaction
• (simple equations required –confine
examp...
Nuclear reactions
• Emission of radioactive radiation
• In a nuclear reaction the nucleus forms a
new element,
Loss of an alpha particle
• Radium-226 Radon-222 + alpha particle

•

226 Ra222 Rn
88
86

+42He

• Mass decreases by 4 [...
Beta loss
• Carbon-14 nitrogen-14 + beta

• 146C  147N + 0-1e
• Mass number stays the same
• Atomic number increases by ...
Learning Outcomes
• Radioisotopes.
• Half-life (non-mathematical treatment).
• Uses of radioisotopes (three examples).
Radioisotopes
• A Radioisotope (radionuclide) is an atom
with an unstable nucleus.
Transmutation
• Change of one element into another

• Rutherford confirmed the artificial
transmutation of nitrogen. Alpha...
Half life
• Time taken for
half of the nuclei
in any given
sample to decay
uses
• Medical—.gamma rays kill cancerous cells
and sterilises equipment
• Archaeological—after a living thing dies
the am...
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1.3 radioactivity

  1. 1. Learning Outcomes • Historical outline of radioactivity: work of Becquerel (discovery of radiation from uranium salts); Marie and Pierre Curie (discovery of polonium and radium). • Widespread occurrence of radioactivity.
  2. 2. Antoine Henri Becquerel • In 1896, while investigating uranium salts, Becquerel accidentally discovered radioactivity . Becquerel found that the photographic plates were fully exposed when in contact with radioactive salt.
  3. 3. Marie Curie • developed a theory of radioactivity techniques for isolating radioactive isotopes, and discovered two new elements, Polonium and Radium
  4. 4. Natural Radiation comes from • • • • • Sources in the earth that contain radioactive isotopes. Sources from space in the form of cosmic rays Sources in the atmosphere, particularly from Radon gas that is released from the Earth's crust. About 15% of background radiation comes from medical X-rays and nuclear medicine. About 3% of background radiation comes from other man-made sources such as: nuclear testing, power plants, and smoke detectors.
  5. 5. Pierre Curie • Pierre discovered nuclear energy, by identifying the continuous emission of heat from Radium particles. He also investigated the radiation emissions of radioactive substances, which lead to the discovery of Alpha, Beta and Gamma radiation.
  6. 6. Learning Outcomes • Alpha, beta and gamma radiation (nature and penetrating ability).One example each of: • an α-emitter, e.g. 241Am • a β-emitter, e.g. 14C • a γ-emitter, e.g. 60Co.
  7. 7. Radioactivity • Is the spontaneous breaking up of unstable nuclei with the emission of one or more types of radiation • There are three types alpha, beta and gamma
  8. 8. Alpha particle
  9. 9. Alpha • • • • Made of 2 protons + 2 neutrons Helium nucleus From unstable nuclei Low penetration; stopped by a sheet of paper • Americum-241 [used in smoke detectors] emits alpha particles
  10. 10. Alpha particle
  11. 11. Smoke detector
  12. 12. Beta • Electrons • Formed when a neutron decays into a proton and an electron • Penetrate 5mm of aluminum • Carbon-14 used in carbon-dating emits beta particles
  13. 13. Neutron decay
  14. 14. Carbon 14
  15. 15. Learning Outcomes • Uses of radioisotopes (three examples). • 14C age determination (calculations not required). • 60Co for cancer treatment. • Food irradiation.
  16. 16. The animation below shows the decay of a radioactive sample of Carbon-14 to stable Nitrogen by the emission of beta particles.
  17. 17. Carbon-14 decays to nitrogen-14
  18. 18. Take in Carbon-14 • The percentage of carbon-14 in all of these living things is the same as the percentage of carbon14 in the atmosphere.
  19. 19. Death • The carbon-14 within every once-living thing will someday turn back into nitrogen-14
  20. 20. Carbon-14 detection
  21. 21. Gamma • • • • High energy electromagnetic radiation Not deflected by magnetic or electric fields Only stopped by several cms of lead. Cobalt-60 [used to treat cancer] emits gamma rays
  22. 22. Gamma Rays
  23. 23. Learning Outcomes • Demonstration of properties –detection and penetrating power
  24. 24. Penetration
  25. 25. Penetration 2
  26. 26. Learning Outcomes • Distinction between chemical reaction and nuclear reaction • (simple equations required –confine examples to alpha and beta emissions).
  27. 27. Nuclear reactions • Emission of radioactive radiation • In a nuclear reaction the nucleus forms a new element,
  28. 28. Loss of an alpha particle • Radium-226 Radon-222 + alpha particle • 226 Ra222 Rn 88 86 +42He • Mass decreases by 4 [226222] • Atomic number decreases by 2 [8886]
  29. 29. Beta loss • Carbon-14 nitrogen-14 + beta • 146C  147N + 0-1e • Mass number stays the same • Atomic number increases by 1
  30. 30. Learning Outcomes • Radioisotopes. • Half-life (non-mathematical treatment). • Uses of radioisotopes (three examples).
  31. 31. Radioisotopes • A Radioisotope (radionuclide) is an atom with an unstable nucleus.
  32. 32. Transmutation • Change of one element into another • Rutherford confirmed the artificial transmutation of nitrogen. Alpha particles were allowed to pass through nitrogen gas; when one struck a nitrogen nucleus, a hydrogen nucleus was ejected, and an oxygen nucleus formed.
  33. 33. Half life • Time taken for half of the nuclei in any given sample to decay
  34. 34. uses • Medical—.gamma rays kill cancerous cells and sterilises equipment • Archaeological—after a living thing dies the amount of C-14 decreases. Used to determine the age of a plant/animal • Food—gamma rays kill disease causing organisms
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