Lesson Plan: Beta Decay Physics
This lesson plan includes the objectives, prerequisites, and exclusions of the lesson teaching students how to solve nuclear equations involving beta decay.
Students will be able to
- recall that beta particles have a charge of ,
- recall that “beta particle” is just another name for the electron,
- recall that when a nucleus undergoes beta decay, the relative charge increases by 1, the atomic number increases by 1, and the mass number stays the same,
- solve nuclear equations involving beta decay,
- interpret nuclear decay charts that show beta decay.
Students should already be familiar with
- what electrons are,
- what electric charge is,
- the basic structure of atoms.
Students will not cover
- beta plus decay,
- electron capture,
- alpha decay,
- gamma decay,
- neutron emission,
- proton emission.