Radiation vs. Radioactive Atoms

What's the difference between radiation and radioactive atoms? See the public share their opinions in an interview-driven video. The narrator discusses alpha and beta particles versus the atoms that can release them and relates this information to the radioactive substances used to generate energy in a nuclear power plant.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Show an image of the relative strength of alpha, beta, and gamma radiation after watching the video
  • Incorporate the resource into a nuclear chemistry lesson or a case study on nuclear disasters such as Chernobyl
Classroom Considerations

  • Learners should have an understanding of the types of radioactive decay for viewing the resource
Pros

  • Narrator demonstrates radiation using a Geiger counter and an encased sample of a radioactive substance
  • The video provides an explanation of the dangers of radioactive substances entering our bodies compared with the dangers of radiation itself
Cons

  • None