Ch. 19 nuclear chem **test** [45 points] Chemistry

For problems involving calculations, show your work in an organized manner, include any relevant equation (or formula and conversion factor(s)), put the proper units in your calculations / answer, and have the proper number of significant figures in your answer.

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1. Fill-in the blank; write the nuclear equation describing the following (hypothetical ?) nuclear reaction. [15 points]

a. the alpha decay of ^{235}Th: _____________________________________

b. the positron emission of ^{45}Ca: __________________________________

c. The (spontaneous) fission of ^{235}Ra involving ^{140}Ba: ______________________________

2. A hypothetical radioactive isotope *took 10 .0 days to go from 40.0 mCi to 10.0 mCi*; Ci = Curie = 3

a. What is the isotope’s half life ? [hint: see italicize text]

b. What is the isotope’s decay constant ?

c. What is the age of the sample ?

3. Describe the basis of the atomic bomb; include / define the terms, critical mass and chain reaction in your response. [15 points; hint: involves an induced nuclear fission reaction]