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Natural Science - Year II

Unit 53: Marie and Pierre Curie and Radioactivity

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Homework for Unit 53

This Unit's Homework Page History Lecture Science Lecture Lab Parents' Notes

Homework for Unit 53: The Curies and Radiation

Reading due before our discussion:

History Web Lecture: The breakdown of the atom

Science Web Lecture: Atomic structure and radiation


Chat Preparation Essay

Log into the Moodle, click on the Natural Science II course link, and then on the forum link in session 21, Unit 53. Post your definition to the forum. Read any other posted definitions.

We talked last week about the elegance of Maxwell's equations, and the impulse to seek the simplest answer. How did the discovery of radioactivity challenge scientists in their attempt to explain matter in the most simple, fundamental terms?

Mastery Exercise

Log into the Moodle (if you are challenged, use your own Scholars Online userid and password), click on the master exercise for the unit, and attempt the mastery exercise at least once before chat. Bring any questions you have to chat. Then return and attempt the exercise as many times as necessary to achieve an 85% or better score.

Lab Exercise

Lab Instructions: Simulating Radioactive Decay

Labs are within two weeks of the discussion section; the extra time should allow you to find equipment or materials. Post your lab results to the class Lab forum, in the appropriate thread.

Unit Quiz

Take the quiz for this unit. Notice the times the quiz opens and when it closes and be sure that you complete it on time! [Remember that you must first complete the Mastery Exercise with a score of 85% or better in order to take the quiz.]