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Baroni, S.; Pastore, A. – Physics Education, 2018
We propose discussions and hands-on activities for GCSE and A-level students, covering a fundamental aspect of nuclear physics: the concept of bonds and the energy released (absorbed) when a bond is created (broken). This is the first of the series of papers named "A teaching guide of nuclear physics", whose main goal is to provide…
Descriptors: Nuclear Physics, Science Instruction, Hands on Science, Secondary School Science
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Cardoso, P. S. S.; Nunes, M. C. S.; Silva, G. P. S.; Braghittoni, L. S.; Trindade, N. M. – Physics Education, 2020
This research aimed to investigate the misconceptions on nuclear physics topics. Misconceptions are defined as ideas whose meaning departs from what is commonly accepted by scientific consensus. A total of 34 high school students of the Federal Institute of Education, Science and Technology of Sao Paulo (IFSP), Brazil, answered a questionnaire on…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, High School Students, Scientific Concepts, Misconceptions
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Le, Anh Duc; Nguyen, Quoc B.; Tran, Ngoc Chat; Nguyen, Ngoc Hung – Physics Education, 2021
In Vietnam, nuclear physics is a fundamental part of the national curriculum for physics. However, due to a lack of experimental apparatus (detectors, radioactive sources, etc) at most of the schools, the majority of students do not have opportunities to experience the phenomena behind the concepts. Moreover, safety is another major concern when…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Nuclear Physics, Science Equipment, Measurement Equipment
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Simpson, E. C.; Shelley, M. – Physics Education, 2017
Nuclear masses and binding energies are some of the first nuclear properties met in high school physics, and can be used to introduce radioactive decays, fusion, and fission. With relatively little extension, they can also illustrate fundamental concepts in nuclear physics, such as shell structure and pairing, and to discuss how the elements…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Scientific Concepts, Nuclear Physics, Energy
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Kontomaris, S. V.; Malamou, A. – Physics Education, 2021
A significant approach that should be followed by physics teachers at the secondary education level in order to enhance students' understanding is to highlight the generality of the mathematical procedures that describe different physical phenomena. In this paper, the common procedure that is used to calculate the duration of various physical…
Descriptors: Computation, Equations (Mathematics), Secondary School Science, Mechanics (Physics)
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Seitz, B.; Rivera, N. Campos; Gray, R.; Power, A.; Thomson, F. – Physics Education, 2018
Radiation, radiation detection and radiation protection are topics in physics and its applications which generate a wide interest in the public. This interest is either generated through medical procedures, applications of nuclear energy or nuclear accidents. The technical nature of these topics usually means that they are not well covered in the…
Descriptors: Radiation, Physics, Science and Society, Outreach Programs
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Pallone, A.; Barnes, P. – Physics Education, 2016
Basic understanding of nuclear science enhances our daily-life experience in many areas, such as the environment, medicine, electric power generation, and even politics. Yet typical school curricula do not provide for experiments that explore the topic. We present a means by which educators can use the ubiquitous webcam and inexpensive sources of…
Descriptors: Nuclear Physics, Radiation, Science Experiments, Science Curriculum
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Whittaker, Jeff – Physics Teacher, 2013
Nuclear science is an important topic in terms of its application to power generation, medical diagnostics and treatment, and national defense. Unfortunately, the subatomic domain is far removed from daily experience, and few learning aids are available to teachers. What follows describes a low-tech, hands-on method to teach important concepts in…
Descriptors: Hands on Science, Nuclear Physics, Science Instruction, Science Activities
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Levy, Denise S. – Physics Education, 2017
This article presents a web-based educational project focused on the potential value of Information and Communication Technology to enhance communication and education on nuclear science throughout Brazil. The project is designed to provide trustworthy information about the beneficial uses of nuclear technology, educating children and teenagers,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Nuclear Physics, Science and Society, Science Education
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Frost-Schenk, J. W.; Diget, C. Aa.; Bentley, M. A.; Tuff, A. – Physics Education, 2018
An interactive activity to teach the hot Carbon, Nitrogen and Oxygen (HCNO) cycle is proposed. Justification for why the HCNO cycle is important is included via an example of x-ray bursts. The activity allows teaching and demonstration of half-life, nuclear isotopes, nuclear reactions, protons and a-particles, and catalytic processes. Whilst the…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Interaction, Science Activities
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Johnstone, Erik V.; Yates, Mary Anne; Poineau, Frederic; Sattelberger, Alfred P.; Czerwinski, Kenneth R. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2017
The radioactive nature of technetium is discussed using a combination of introductory nuclear physics concepts and empirical trends observed in the chart of the nuclides and the periodic table of the elements. Trends such as the enhanced stability of nucleon pairs, magic numbers, and Mattauch's rule are described. The concepts of nuclear binding…
Descriptors: Physics, Molecular Structure, Introductory Courses, Scientific Concepts
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Bastos, Rodrigo Oliveira; Boch, Layara Baltokoski – Physics Education, 2017
Although quantitative measurements in radioactivity teaching and research are only believed to be possible with high technology, early work in this area was fully accomplished with very simple apparatus such as zinc sulphide screens and electroscopes. This article presents an experimental practice using the electroscope, which is a very simple…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Science Instruction, Laboratory Equipment, Measurement Equipment
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Diget, C. Aa.; Pastore, A.; Leech, K.; Haylett, T.; Lock, S.; Sanders, T.; Shelley, M.; Willett, H. V.; Keegans, J.; Sinclair, L.; Simpson, E. C. – Physics Education, 2017
We present a new teaching and outreach activity based around the construction of a three-dimensional chart of isotopes using LEGO® bricks. The activity, "binding blocks", demonstrates nuclear and astrophysical processes through a seven-meter chart of all nuclear isotopes, built from over 26000 LEGO® bricks. It integrates A-Level and GCSE…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Scientific Concepts, Nuclear Energy, Nuclear Physics
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Kontomaris, Stylianos-Vasileios; Malamou, Anna – Physics Education, 2021
A significant goal when teaching at the secondary education level is to present the generality of the procedures that are being used to describe a wide range of different physical phenomena. However, this approach is abandoned by physics instructors in many cases since the general mathematical background needed to present the above generality is…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Secondary School Science, Physics, Scientific Concepts
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Koura, Hiroyuki – Physics Education, 2014
Three-dimensional (3D) nuclear charts were created using toy blocks, which represent the atomic masses per nucleon number and the total half-lives for each nucleus in the entire region of the nuclear mass. The bulk properties of the nuclei can be easily understood by using these charts. Subsequently, these charts were used in outreach activities…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Charts, Toys, Manipulative Materials
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