This is a detailed lesson and PowerPoint explaining nuclear fission. This is the twelfth lesson in the Atomic Structure unit of work (P4).
The lesson covers the basic idea of splitting the atomic nucleus from neutron capture and expressing this as a diagram and nuclear equation. Chain reactions, nuclear bombs and nuclear power are also used to discuss fission in context. The good and bad aspects of fission are used to stimulate a discussion with a differentiated task list for pupils to then create work of their own on the topic.
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Updated March 2017 (Corrected mass numbers on fission diagram)
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AQA P4 - Atomic Structure - GCSE Physics - 13 lesson plans and PowerPoints
This covers the Lessons (that are all available individually): Structure of an atom Mass number and isotopes Development of the Atomic Model Radioactive Decay Alpha, beta and gamma Properties of Radiation Nuclear Equations Half Life Radioactive Waste Background Radiation Fission Fusion
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