To succeed in this topic, you need to:

  • Be familiar with the structure and properties of the atomic nucleus.
  • Be aware that most elements consist of stable and unstable isotopes.
  • Be aware that radioactive decay occurs in unstable atomic nuclei.

After working through this Chemistry Factsheet, you will:

  • Be able to describe the nuclear force, binding energies and the mass deficit.
  • Be able to explain nuclear fission and nuclear fusion processes.
  • Be able to explain the relative stabilities of atomic nuclei in terms of atomic mass and the stability of the iron-group of atomic nuclei.
  • Be able to describe types of radioactivity and applications of some isotopes.
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September 2022


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