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Inquiry Based Radiation

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Can you teach radioactivity using inquiry?  Yes!  To beginning science students? Of course!Topics include general properties of ionizing radiation, interaction of radiation with matter (including health effects), the origins of radiation, a simple atomic scale model for half-lives, and nuclear waste.  You need some equipment such as Vernier radiation monitors, Logger Pro, and radioactive sources.These research-based materials resolve numerous student difficulties and problematic conceptions that... More
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Material Type: Open Textbook
Technical Format: HTML/Text
Date Added to MERLOT: September 03, 2010
Date Modified in MERLOT: October 27, 2011
Submitter: Andy Johnson
Keywords: atoms, radiation, nuclear waste, Radioactivity, nuclear power, simulators


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Primary Audience: High School, College General Ed, College Lower Division
Mobile Compatibility: Not specified at this time
Technical Requirements: Vernier radiation monitor
Logger Pro
Lecture size cloud chamber
Computers in classroom
Classroom radiation sources
Special low-cost EM field detectors
Language: English
Material Version: July 2010
Cost Involved: no
Source Code Available: unsure
Accessibility Information Available: unsure
Creative Commons: Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 United States


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