Thanks to those in North Ayrshire who provided these excellent questions for you to get your teeth into. I’ll post the answers as password protected to protect those students and staff who are given these for homework! They’re in the old order, so you’ll have to search through for the right section.
Fusion is the process when
two SMALL NUCLEI join to form a LARGER NUCLEI with the production of ENERGY
Fission is the process when two large nuclei split to
form two smaller nuclei with the production of energy. This can occur
spontaneously or due to a collision with a neutron. Often extra neutrons are
When neutrons split nuclei by fission and extra neutrons are produced which can split further nuclei. Large quantities of energy are produced.
exposure to ionising radiation.
There are 3 groups of category to reduce harm caused by
includes things like wearing radiation badges or EPUs, timing how long you are
exposed to radiation, checking with radiation counters any contamination on
is placing layers of absorbers between you and the source, BEWARE, goggles and
a lab coat are great at protecting against alpha but have no effect on gamma.
Only thick layers of lead would offer protection against gamma.
Distance. Radiation obeys the inverse square law, as you double the distance from a source the level you are exposed to decreases by ¼ . Using tongs is an effective method of keeping your distance from a source.
When it goes wrong
Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster 1986- Effects and Summary
Chernobyl Surviving Disaster (BBC Drama Documentary)
What date was the Chernobyl Disaster?
What was the name of the man who
hanged himself at the start, who was narrating the story?
Which reactor blew?
What was the cause of the accident?
How many people went to see what had
What happened to the people who saw
the hole in the reactor?
What day of the week was the disaster?
What town was evacuated?
How did they drain the water from the
How did they put out the fire?
What was the reading on the counter
when they measured the radiation levels?
Why was this reading misleading and
What was the real count when it was
What were some of the symptoms of
Who was sent to prison for crimes to
do with the disaster? (or record how many people went to jail)
Who was president of the USSR when the
What was the trigger that caused the
man to hang himself?
What is the “elephant’s foot?” in the
Have there been any other nuclear
disasters? Can you find out about them and name them?
What other things did you learn about nuclear power stations and radioactivity?