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12.2. Nuclear Physics

Now, for this Higher Level topic we are going to look into some more depth into the radioactive decay ideas we first looked at in Section 7.1. We look in more depth at these mechanisms of radioactive decay, and apply a bit of exponential decay mathematics. 

Clearly there are plenty of interesting case studies of radioactivity we could look at. For those who haven't seen it, one of my personal recommendations is  HBO's Chernobyl series, which looks at some of the reasons behind the core meltdown of the nuclear power station. Over the last decade there has been a huge project to prevent further release of nuclear material from the decaying remains of the power station by building a huge steel sarcophagus over the top. Take a look at this phenomenal engineering challenge below:

This section has been divided up as follows:

 

Nuclear Radius

Video Lessons

Physics Online
Size of Nucleus

Resources

IB Physics
Topic 12 Notes
IB-Physics.net
Chapter 12 Summary
IB Revision Notes
Isaac Physics
Potential and Potential Energy
Level 5/6 Beyond IB
Mr. G
12.2 Teaching Notes
12.2 Student Notes
Physics and Maths Tutor
Physics and Maths Tutor
Particles Definitions
Particles Key Points
Particles Detailed Notes
Particles Flashcards

Questions

Cambridge University Press
Topic 12: MCQs
CUP Website Link
Freely available online
Dr French's Eclecticon
Mixed Quantum 1
Mixed Quantum 1 Solutions
Mixed Quantum 2
Mixed Quantum 2 Solutions
Extension: Pre-University Material
Dr French's Eclecticon
Mixed Quantum 3
Mixed Quantum 3 Solutions
Link to Dr French's Site
Extension: Pre-University Material
Grade Gorilla
12.2 (Nuclear) MCQs
Topic 12 (Quantum) Final Quiz
Quick IB Specific Mixed MCQs
Mr. G
12.2 Formative Assessment
Topic 12 Summary Qs
IB Specific Questions
 

Nuclear Energy Levels

Video Lessons

Chris Doner
Postulating the Neutrino
IB Specific

Resources

IB Physics
Topic 12 Notes
IB-Physics.net
Chapter 12 Summary
IB Revision Notes
Isaac Physics
Potential Gradient and Potential Difference
Level 5/6 Beyond IB
Mr. G
12.2 Teaching Notes
12.2 Student Notes
Physics and Maths Tutor
Physics and Maths Tutor
Particles Definitions
Particles Key Points
Particles Detailed Notes
Particles Flashcards

Questions

Cambridge University Press
Topic 12: MCQs
CUP Website Link
Freely available online
Grade Gorilla
12.2 (Nuclear) MCQs
Topic 12 (Quantum) Final Quiz
Quick IB Specific Mixed MCQs
Mr. G
12.2 Formative Assessment
Topic 12 Summary Qs
IB Specific Questions
 

Exponential Decay of Radioactive Samples

There are 5 of these SUVAT equations.

Video Lessons

Resources

IB Physics
Topic 12 Notes
IB-Physics.net
Chapter 12 Summary
IB Revision Notes
Isaac Physics
Exponentials Maths Recap
Radioactive Decay
Mr. G
12.2 Teaching Notes
12.2 Student Notes
Physics and Maths Tutor
Physics and Maths Tutor
Particles Definitions
Particles Key Points
Particles Detailed Notes
Particles Flashcards

Questions

Cambridge University Press
Topic 12: MCQs
CUP Website Link
Freely available online
Dr French's Eclecticon
Radioactivity
Radioactivity Solutions
Link to Dr French's Site
Extension: Pre-University Material
Grade Gorilla
12.2 (Nuclear) MCQs
Topic 12 (Quantum) Final Quiz
Quick IB Specific Mixed MCQs
Isaac Physics
Activity and Decay
Nuclear Decay with Time
Mr. G
12.2 Formative Assessment
Topic 12 Summary Qs
IB Specific Questions
 

Additional Resources

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Definitions and Key Words : Chapter 12

A set of Quizlet flashcards of the key words and definitions for this chapter is provided here. 

IB Questions

A question by question breakdown of the IB papers by year is shown below to allow you to filter questions by topic. Hopefully you have access to many of these papers through your school system. If available, there may be some links to online sources of questions, though please be patient if the links are broken! (DrR: If you do find some broken links, please contact me through the site)

Questions on this topic (Section 12) are shown in light purple.

Use this grid to practice past IB questions topic by topic. You can see from the colours how similar the question topic breakdown is year by year. The more you can familiarise yourself with the IB question style the better - eventually you will come to spot those tricks and types of questions that reappear each year.