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Inquiry Based Radiation

Inquiry Based Radiation

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 have been identified through repeated classroom trials and interviews with students.  For example, students know very little about atoms, they do not distinguish between "radioactive" and "radiation". The course materials deal with both of these major issues along with the idea of contamination,... Show More


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