Nuclear Chemistry


  • Have students calculate their annual radiation dose using the American Nuclear Society’s “Radiation Dose Chart.”
  • Use these “Radioactivity” (doc) notes and have students fill out the “Radioactive Deay Summary” (doc) and do this “Radioactivity” worksheet (doc).
  • Do this “Half-Life” worksheet.
  • Or do this “Patterns of Reactivity” crossword puzzle with answers.
  • Have your students do this “Radioactivity (Half-Life)” activity (pdf).
  • Show this PowerPoint presentation about “Nuclear Power Plants” (ppt) for the Nuclear Energy Institute.
  • Try this “Nuclear Chemistry” (doc) wordsearch with answers (doc).
  • Have students do Mr. Guch’s “Nuclear Chemistry Worksheet”(pdf.
  • Show this Flash animation with audio of “Radioactive Decay.”
  • Do this “Nuclear” (pdf) crossword puzzle with answers.
  • The Teacher’s Domain (you must sign up for free) has these activities, “Everyday Radiation,” “Fusion: The Hydrogen Bomb,” “Nuclear Reaction: Fission,” and “Radon Radiation,” which all include videos.
  • The Teacher’s Domain also has this “Sources of Radiation” activity with a Flash Interactive showing where radiation in our environment is found.
  • Show this “Radioactivity” slide presentation.
  • Kathleen Gorsky of the NSTA Listserve provided this “Alpha/Beta Emissions Simulation” (doc).


  • Do “The Radioactive Decay of Pennium” (doc) lab, a half-life simulation using pennies.
  • The “Radioactive Decay of Candium” is another half-life simulation but uses candy that students can then eat.
  • The purpose of the”Alpha Please Leave Home” lab is to find the range of alpha particles and determine if the inverse square law applies.
  • In the “Penetrating Power” experiment, students demonstrate the interactions of alpha, beta, and gamma radiation with matter.
  • The purpose of the “Stop That Gamma” experiment is to find the range of gamma rays and determine if the inverse square law applies.
  • Try Patrick Gormley‘s online “Halflife of a Radioisotope” experiment.


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