In the nuclear science lab students explore radioisotope characteristics and applications, gamma ray spectroscopy, or radon monitoring. Laboratory investigations utilize scalar rate meters interfaced to Geiger-Mueller tubes, nuclear scintillation spectrometry, electret-passive environmental radon monitoring (E-Perm) systems, Cs-137/Ba-137 iosogenerators, and Excel for data analysis.
Once students are familiar with radioisotope behavior, they then investigate biological, chemical, physics, and industrial applications of their choice. Current issues involving nuclear technology are also examined such as the problem of high radon concentrations found in many new energy efficient homes.
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