Lesson Plan: Emission of Neutrinos in Beta Decay Physics • 9th Grade
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 relative charge of ,
- recall that the term beta particle is just another name for the electron,
- recall that electron neutrinos and electron antineutrinos have a relative charge of 0,
- recall that when a nucleus undergoes beta decay, two particles are emitted, an electron and an electron antineutrino,
- 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 electron neutrinos and electron antineutrinos are,
- the basic structure of atoms.
Students will not cover
- beta-plus decay,
- electron capture,
- alpha decay,
- gamma decay,
- neutron emission,
- proton emission.