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 1,
  • 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,
  • neutrinos,
  • electron capture,
  • alpha decay,
  • gamma decay,
  • neutron emission,
  • proton emission.

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