Teaching Advanced Physics: Atoms and Nuclei

From the Institute of Physics, these resources are split into topics and each topic is subdivided into a number of learning episodes. Each episode represents a coherent section of teaching, that takes typically one or two lessons to complete.

The topics covered are:

* Quantum physics
* Lasers
* Wave-particle duality
* Radioactivity
* Accelerators and detectors
* Nuclear stability
* Fission
* X-ray and neutron diffraction
* Rutherford's scattering experiment
* The standard model
* Particles, antiparticles and quarks
* Feynman diagrams

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Episode 514: Patterns of Decay

In this learning episode, from the Institute of Physics, students use discussion, demonstration and worked examples to look at the exponential decay and radioactive half-life of a range of nuclides. These include sources of alpha, beta and gamma radiation.

The activities in this learning episode include:...

Episode 515: The Radioactive Decay Formula

Produced by the Institute of Physics, this learning episode will help students look mathematically at the meaning and relevance of the decay constant. A simple model is used to illustrate radioactive decay.

The activities look at the decay constant and help students to link this with the half-life of an...

Episode 516: Exponential and Logarithmic Equations

In this learning episode, from the Institute of Physics, mathematical ideas on radioactive decay are developed using logarithmic and exponential equations.

The activities look at:
* the exponential decay equation
* students questions using the decay equation
* radioactive decay used as a...

Episode 517: Preparation for Accelerators and Detectors Topic

This topic, from the Institute of Physics, on particle acceleration and detection is useful as it illustrates many aspects of physics which students are likely to have studied. Students apply their knowledge of the motion of charged particles in electric and magnetic fields to particle accelerators and detectors....

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