Students demonstrate their understanding of Nuclear Change by
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Explaining the organization of an atomic nucleus and identifying the universal forces from strongest to weakest.
Explaining how alpha and beta emissions create changes in the nucleus of an atom, resulting in a completely different element.
Distinguishing between the reactants and products of a chemical reaction and those of a nuclear decay reaction and comparing the relative energies produced by each.
The number of neutrons in the nucleus can vary and gives rise to different isotopes of an element.
Certain nuclear configurations lead to radioactive decay, producing alpha and beta particles, and ultimately a different element.