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Energy from the Nucleus
Material from Recent Physics Teachers Conferences
Powerpoint by Dr David Hoxley and Bob Aikenhead of Latrobe University
- Caro, McDonell & Spicer 1980, Modern Physics, 3rd edn, Edward Arnold, London.
- Hore-Lacy, I & Hubery, R 1997, Nuclear Electricity: An Australian Perspective, Australian Mining Industry Council, Melbourne.
- Rhodes, R 1988, The Making of the Atomic Bomb, Penguin.
- Scheider, W 2001, A Serious but not Ponderous Book about Nuclear Energy, Cavendish Press, Ann Arbor, from Cavendish Science
It is recommended that teachers should view any video before purchase.
Marcom Projects: Nuclear Power, Einstein's Equation of Life and Death, What is Nuclear Energy?
Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA) website contains information on disposal of waste, Chernobyl and Australiaâ€™s replacement reactor.
A Science resources for students and teachers in Years 7 to 10. The Resources pages in teh Teacher s section has an extensive list of websites: pro, anti and UN based.
A Hungarian Nuclear energy site, mostly in English.
A page on nuclear accidents on a Hungarian Nuclear energy site, mostly in English.
A Youtube video (9:53 min) A young woman monitors her radioactivity before during and after a Technetium examination of her thyroid. She has an autoimmune disease that attacks the thyroid. She uses a geiger counter reading in microsieverts per hour to measure the count. She speaks with the doctor in German, but in English to the camera and in the narration. She shows the gamma ray scan of her thyroid and observes the count over the following hours. She also tests the radioactivity of her urine, as well as the sediment from its distillation. You can also check her flickr for more results. She also answers the many questions from viewers, including the difference between Tc-99m and Tc-99 and how the Tc targets a particular organ.
A Youtube video (9:51 min) The young woman from the Technetium video goes to a Uranium mine. She measures the radioactivity on the way to the mine and among the rubble. There is a short section when she goes underground with the engineer speaking in German, but the sections after that are quite useful. She finds samples of uranium ore, revealing that the radiation quickly drops off with distance. Back at home she tests with UV light.
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