Mass defect and binding energyNuclear stability and nuclear equationsTypes of decayWriting nuclear equations for alpha, beta, and gamma decayHalf-life and carbon datingHalf-life plotExponential decay formula proof (can skip, involves calculus)Introduction to exponential decayMore exponential decay examplesExponential decay and semi-log plots
About this unit
Ancient alchemists attempted but failed to turn different substances into gold. It turns out that the only way to turn one element into another element is using nuclear chemistry! Nuclear reactions change the composition of an atom's nucleus, and this process is useful for many applications.