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Isotopes And Radioactivity 09

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atoms, isotopes the nuclear force and rdioactivity basics

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Isotopes And Radioactivity 09

  1. 1. <ul><li>The Atom </li></ul><ul><li>Atomic Number and Mass Number </li></ul><ul><li>Isotopes </li></ul><ul><li>Radioactivity </li></ul><ul><li>Half Life </li></ul>
  2. 2. Structure of the atom nucleus proton neutron electrons
  3. 3. Subatomic Particles of the Atom <ul><li>Particle Symbol Charge </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Electron e - negative </li></ul><ul><li>Proton p + positive </li></ul><ul><li>Neutron n o no charge </li></ul>
  4. 4. Location of Subatomic Particles <ul><li> 10 -13 cm </li></ul><ul><li>electrons </li></ul><ul><li> protons </li></ul><ul><li> neutrons </li></ul><ul><li>10 -8 cm </li></ul>nucleus
  5. 5. Definitions <ul><li>Atomic number – the total number of protons in an atom </li></ul><ul><li>Mass number – the sum of the number of protons and the number of neutrons in an atom </li></ul><ul><li>Isotope – elements can exist with same number of protons but different numbers of neutrons. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Number of Electrons <ul><li>An atom is neutral </li></ul><ul><li>The net charge is zero </li></ul><ul><li>Number of protons = Number of electrons </li></ul><ul><li>Atomic number = Number of electrons </li></ul>
  7. 7. Atomic Symbols <ul><li>Show the mass number and atomic number </li></ul><ul><li>Give the symbol of the element </li></ul><ul><li>mass number </li></ul><ul><li> 23 Na sodium-23 </li></ul><ul><li>atomic number 11 </li></ul>
  8. 8. Isotopes <ul><li>Atoms with the same number of protons, but different numbers of neutrons. </li></ul><ul><li>Atoms of the same element (same atomic number) with different mass numbers </li></ul><ul><li> Isotopes of chlorine </li></ul><ul><li>35 Cl 37 Cl </li></ul><ul><li>17 17 </li></ul><ul><li> chlorine - 35 chlorine - 37 </li></ul>
  9. 9. Learning Check Point <ul><li>Naturally occurring carbon consists of three isotopes, 12 C, 13 C, and 14 C. State the number of protons, neutrons, and electrons in each of these carbon atoms . </li></ul><ul><li>12 C 13 C 14 C </li></ul><ul><li> 6 6 6 </li></ul><ul><li>#P _______ _______ _______ </li></ul><ul><li>#N _______ _______ _______ </li></ul><ul><li>#E _______ _______ _______ </li></ul>
  10. 10. Solution <ul><li>12 C 13 C 14 C </li></ul><ul><li> 6 6 6 </li></ul><ul><li>#P __6___ _ 6___ ___ 6 ___ </li></ul><ul><li>#N __ 6 ___ _ _ 7 ___ ___ 8 ___ </li></ul><ul><li>#E __6___ _ 6___ ___ 6 ___ </li></ul>
  11. 11. Learning Check Point <ul><li>An atom has 14 protons and 20 neutrons. </li></ul><ul><li>A. Its atomic number is </li></ul><ul><li>1) 14 2) 16 3) 34 </li></ul><ul><li>B. Its mass number is </li></ul><ul><li>1) 14 2) 16 3) 34 </li></ul><ul><li>C. The element is </li></ul><ul><li>1) Si 2) Ca 3) Se </li></ul><ul><li>D. Another isotope of this element is </li></ul><ul><li>1) 34 X 2) 34 X 3) 36 X </li></ul><ul><li>16 14 14 </li></ul>
  12. 12. Solution <ul><li>An atom has 14 protons and 20 neutrons. </li></ul><ul><li>A. It has atomic number </li></ul><ul><li>1) 14 </li></ul><ul><li>B. It has a mass number of </li></ul><ul><li>3) 34 </li></ul><ul><li>C. The element is </li></ul><ul><li>1) Si </li></ul><ul><li>D. Another isotope of this element would be </li></ul><ul><li>3) 36 X </li></ul><ul><li> 14 </li></ul>
  13. 13. Are elements stable? <ul><li>Alchemists searched for the ability to change substances into gold. </li></ul><ul><li>There are elements that change into lead over time. These are usually referred to as radioactive elements. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Are elements stable? <ul><li>As the mass number gets larger the element is less stable </li></ul><ul><li>Look at the difference in protons and neutrons for calcium and iodine… </li></ul>
  15. 15. <ul><li>In a nucleus there are two types of forces acting. </li></ul><ul><li>One is the electrostatic force of repulsion that acts between protons. </li></ul><ul><li>On its own, it would blow the nucleus apart. </li></ul><ul><li>This force is reduced (in part) by the presence of neutrons…but really there must be something else </li></ul>Why radioactive nuclei are unstable
  16. 16. <ul><li>In a stable nucleus, the nuclear force ‘balances’ the electrostatic force of repulsion. </li></ul><ul><li>When this force is ‘unbalanced’, the nucleus becomes unstable and hence radioactive. </li></ul><ul><li>The nuclear force exists between nucleons </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Proton to proton </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Proton to neutron </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Neutron to neutron </li></ul></ul></ul>Nuclear Force
  17. 17. Nuclear Force <ul><li>The nuclear force only acts at very short range </li></ul><ul><li>It stops the nucleus collapsing in on itself </li></ul><ul><li>It is the strongest force known </li></ul><ul><li>gravity </li></ul><ul><li>electrostatic </li></ul><ul><li>nuclear </li></ul>
  18. 18. The four forces
  19. 19. Radiation Radiation : The process of emitting energy in the form of waves or particles. Where does radiation come from? Radiation is generally produced when particles interact or decay. A large contribution of the radiation on earth is from the sun (solar) or from radioactive isotopes of the elements (terrestrial). Radiation is going through you at this very moment!
  20. 20. <ul><li>Unstable nuclei will decay. </li></ul><ul><li>They breakdown and give out radiation. </li></ul><ul><li>Many isotopes are radioactive. They are called </li></ul><ul><li>radioisotopes. </li></ul><ul><li>This instability in the nucleus; in an attempt to become more stable, the nucleus will literally “spit out” a particle or some energy </li></ul><ul><li>A more stable nucleus is formed. </li></ul>Radioactivity
  21. 21. Types of Radiation <ul><li>There are three types of radiation: </li></ul><ul><li>alpha (  ) </li></ul><ul><li>beta (  ) </li></ul><ul><li>gamma (  ) </li></ul><ul><li>All three are ionising. This means that they can interact with other atoms and dislodge electrons from them. (Complete nature of radioactive particles worksheet) </li></ul>
  22. 22. <ul><li>How well they can interact is described as ionising ability. </li></ul><ul><li>Ionising radiation is considered dangerous. </li></ul><ul><li>EXERCISE </li></ul><ul><li>Use the internet to complete the types of radioactivity worksheet. </li></ul>Ionising Ability
  23. 23. <ul><li>Alpha particles contain two protons and two neutrons </li></ul><ul><li> has the same components as a helium nucleus and can be written as </li></ul>Alpha Radiation
  24. 24. <ul><li>They carry a double charge and as a result have high ionising ability. </li></ul><ul><li>They are the most ionising but have the lowest penetrating power, they can be stopped by paper </li></ul>Properties of Alpha Radiation
  25. 25. <ul><li>There are two types: </li></ul><ul><li>Beta-minus (  -) are electrons </li></ul><ul><li>Beta-plus (  +) are anti-electrons (positrons) </li></ul>Beta Radiation annihilation
  26. 26. <ul><li>Beta particles carry a single charge and so are moderately ionising. </li></ul><ul><li>Beta particles can be stopped by a thin sheet of aluminium </li></ul>Properties of Beta Radiation
  27. 27. <ul><li>Gamma radiation is often associated with alpha and beta decay. </li></ul><ul><li>Gamma rays remove energy from the nucleus. </li></ul><ul><li>They can be written as: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>  </li></ul></ul>Gamma Radiation Gamma ray image of the milky way
  28. 28. <ul><li>Gamma rays have no mass and no charge and as a result have low ionising ability. </li></ul><ul><li>They carry a high amount of energy. </li></ul><ul><li>They are very penetrating and require much lead or concrete to stop them. </li></ul>Properties of Gamma Radiation
  29. 29. Penetrating ability of particles <ul><li>alpha particles stopped by paper </li></ul><ul><li>beta particles stopped by 5 mm of aluminum </li></ul><ul><li>gamma rays stopped by 30 cm of dense lead </li></ul>
  30. 30. <ul><li>Geiger-Muller tube and rate-meter. </li></ul>Detecting Radiation
  31. 31. Background radiation
  32. 32. <ul><li>Smoke alarms </li></ul><ul><li>Sterilising hospital equipment </li></ul><ul><li>Thickness control </li></ul><ul><li>Radioactive dating </li></ul><ul><li>Radioactive tracers </li></ul><ul><li>Food preservation </li></ul><ul><li>Cancer treatment </li></ul>Uses of Radioactive Sources
  33. 33. What types of radiation are harmful? Why is ionising radiation harmful? Radiation
  34. 34. Radiation may be absorbed by the body it passes through. <ul><li>All living things contain living cells. We have many different types of cells which perform different functions including: </li></ul><ul><li>Skin cells. </li></ul><ul><li>Red blood cells (they transport oxygen around the body) </li></ul><ul><li>White blood cells (they fight infection). </li></ul><ul><li>Nerve cells. </li></ul><ul><li>Muscle cells. </li></ul><ul><li>Brain cells. </li></ul><ul><li>Sperm cells </li></ul>Radiation can kill living cells or change the nature of living cells.
  35. 35. <ul><li>Ionising radiation can kill or change the nature of living cells. </li></ul><ul><li>The effects of the damage inflicted by the ionising radiation may: </li></ul><ul><li>be severe and cause immediate effects, or </li></ul><ul><li>not become apparent for a long time. </li></ul><ul><li>The biological effect of radiation depends on: </li></ul><ul><li>The type of radiation. </li></ul><ul><li>The type of body tissue or body organ that absorbs the radiation. </li></ul><ul><li>The total amount of energy absorbed. </li></ul>The Effects of Ionising Radiation
  36. 36. During the Second World War, two atomic bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan. Those people who survived the blast were exposed to a large dose of radiation. Such doses caused severe damage to cells all over the body, especially in the skin, blood, bone tissue and gut. WW2 – Hiroshima and Nagasaki Fat Man
  37. 37. Many of these people died within a few weeks. Those people who were exposed to a smaller dose recovered from such immediate effects. WW2 – Hiroshima and Nagasaki
  38. 38. <ul><li>135 000 people were removed from an area within a radius of 30 km. </li></ul><ul><li>The smoke and radioactive debris reached a height of 1200 m and travelled across Russia, Poland and Scandinavia. </li></ul>Chernobyl Nuclear Power Station
  39. 39. <ul><li>A cloud of material from the accident reached the UK and, with heavy rain, there was material deposited on parts of North Wales, Cumbria and Scotland. This caused certain farm animals (e.g. lambs) to be banned from sale as they had absorbed radiation from the grass. </li></ul><ul><li>(View Chernobyl: You Tube) </li></ul>Chernobyl Nuclear Power Station
  40. 40. These effects take longer to become apparent and can be caused by much lower levels of radiation. One of the most important long-term effects of radiation is that of cancer in various parts of the body. Long term effects of Ionising Radiation
  41. 41. Uranium miners tended to get lung cancer due to breathing in gases which emitted alpha particles. People who painted the dials of clocks with luminous paint developed oral cancer from using their lips to make points on the brushes. Long term effects of Ionising Radiation
  42. 42. Exposure to ionising radiation causes cancer ? The mechanisms for cancer occurring are poorly understood at the moment. One theory is that the ionising radiation affects the DNA material within us – our genetic make-up. Our DNA contains instructions which control the cells. If ionising radiation alters these instructions in the DNA, there is a chance that cancer will develop. Genetic damage can be caused to cells by radiation, including cells which are involved in reproduction.
  43. 43. <ul><li>The half-life is the amount of time it takes for half of the unstable atoms in a sample to decay. </li></ul><ul><li>The half-life for a given isotope is always the same no matter how many particles you have or what happened in the past. </li></ul>Half-Life
  44. 44. <ul><li>For example, if an element has a half life of 4 days and starts off with 16g of unstable particles, then after the first four days, 8g will remain. After the next four days, 4g will remain. After four more days, 2g will remain etc. This can be shown using a graph. </li></ul><ul><li>16 8 4 2 </li></ul>
  45. 45. <ul><li>Consider 1 kg of substance that has a half life of 1620 years. </li></ul><ul><li>After 1 half life, ½ kg will remain, after another 1620 years, ¼ kg will remain, after another half life only 1/8 kg will remain etc….. </li></ul><ul><li>This is shown graphically on the next slide. </li></ul>Half-Life Graph
  46. 47. <ul><li>Practical using M & M ‘s. </li></ul>Half-Life Experiment
  47. 48. Using radioisotopes <ul><li>Using the internet find out about two of the following </li></ul><ul><li>Medical scanning </li></ul><ul><li>Cancer treatment </li></ul><ul><li>Carbon dating </li></ul><ul><li>Rock dating </li></ul><ul><li>Nuclear power </li></ul>
  48. 49. Reducing exposure <ul><li>Your exposure to radiation can be reduced by: </li></ul>shielding short time of exposure increase your distance being careful - you dont need xray if you're healthy