PHYS.PS1: Matter and Its Interactions

1) Develop models to illustrate the changes in the composition of the nucleus of an atom and the energy released during the processes of fission, fusion, and radioactive decay.

2) Recognize and communicate examples from everyday life that use radioactive decay processes.

3) Investigate and evaluate the expression for calculating the percentage of a remaining atom (N(t)=N0e-λt) using simulated models, calculations, and/or graphical representations. Define the half- life (t1/2) and decay constant λ. Perform an investigation on probability and calculate half-life from acquired data (does not require use of actual radioactive samples).