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Nuclear physics

  • Martin Harrison
  • Frank McKim
Chapter
Part of the Macmillan Master Series book series (MMS)

Abstract

After this chapter you should
  • know what particles make up the nucleus of an atom

  • know that isotopes of an element have different masses but the same chemistry

  • know the differences between alpha, beta, and gamma radiations

  • know how nuclear radiations can be detected

  • know what precautions are taken in handling radioactive sources

  • be able to explain the presence of background radiation

  • know how radioactive radiations decay with time

  • understand how the ages of organic remains and some rocks may be estimated.

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Copyright information

© M. J. Harrison, F. R. McKim 1999

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  • Martin Harrison
  • Frank McKim

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