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High School Physics Made Simple – the Atom

Brian Birbal
Average rating:4.6Number of reviews:(24)
I will be explaining in detail The Atom in nine (9) parts 1. Model of the Atom; 2. Structure of the Atom; 3. Emissions from the Nucleus; 4. Half-Life; 5. Energy from the Nucleus

Class experience

US Grade 9 - 12
Intermediate Level
This class is taught in English.
1.	Model of the Atom

a.	describe the work done by Dalton, Thomson, Rutherford, Chadwick and Bohr in establishing the modern view of the atom
b.	describe the Geiger–Marsden experiment, which established the nuclear structure of the atom
c.	recall that the nucleus contains positively charged particles (protons) and neutral particles (neutrons) of approximately equal mass
d.	state the approximate size of an atom

2.	Structure of the Atom

a.	sketch the structure of simple atoms
b.	compare the charge and mass of the electron with the charge and mass of the proton
c.	explain why an atom is normally neutral and stable
d.	represent diagrammatically the structure of simple atoms
e.	relate the shell model of the atom to the Periodic Table
f.	recall that an atom of any element in the Periodic Table has one more proton than an atom of the element before it
g.	recall and use the relationship A = Z + N
h.	use the standard notation for representing a nuclide
i.	explain what is meant by the term ‘isotope’

3.	Emmission from the Nucleus

a.	describe Marie Curie’s work in the field of radioactivity
b.	recall that the decay process is independent of conditions outside the nucleus
c.	discuss the need for safety measures in handling and using radio-isotopes
d.	describe how a cloud chamber works
e.	describe how a Geiger–Muller tube works
f.	recall the nature of the three types of emissions from radioactive substances
g.	describe experiments to compare the ranges of alpha, beta and gamma emissions in various media
h.	predict the effects of magnetic and electric fields on the motion of alpha and beta particles and gamma rays
i.	describe the appearance of the tracks of radioactive emissions in a cloud chamber
j.	associate radioactivity with nuclear instability
k.	represent and interpret nuclear reactions of the form
l.	discuss the uses and dangers associated with emissions from the nucleus

4.	Half Life

a.	describe an experiment from which a radioactive decay curve can be obtained
b.	define the term ‘half-life’
c.	perform analogue experiments to illustrate random ‘decay’ processes
d.	use graphs of random decay to show that such processes have a constant half-life
e.	work through simple problems on half-life
f.	discuss the useful applications of radio-isotopes

5.	Energy from the Nucleus

a.	associate the release of energy in a nuclear reaction with a change in mass
b.	work out problems using Einstein’s equation E = mc2
c.	relate the processes of fi ssion and fusion to E = mc2
d.	describe the main features of a nuclear power plant and the significance of critical mass
e.	discuss problems associated with the operation of a nuclear power plant
f.	discuss problems posed by radioactive waste
g.	advance arguments for and against the utilisation of nuclear energy
Homework Offered
In order for each student to determine their own level of understanding of the High School Physics I will provide free of charge and outside of the sixty (60) minutes class questions to be answered. This of course is optional and solely based on the individual student. I would urge ALL students to answer as many questions as possible so that they would know where they need to improve, but it is optional.
2 - 4 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
Every class will have questions to be answered outside of the sixty (60) minutes class. This questions and answers will be done free of charge, as it will not be part of the sixty (60) minutes class.
Grades Offered
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
I will present experiments via the document that I will be teaching from and some experiments if conducted may need parental supervision. These experiments do not need to be executed and are just for knowledge. But if a student has the capability to execute then they are free to do so. These experiments are usually conducted in a lab which is a controlled environment. If a student does not have a safe environment to conduct a parent should NOT allow any student to conduct any experiments.
During the course of seventeen (17) years I have compiled a complete High School Physics tutorial that I have assembled from various text books to keep up with the changing syllabus, as well as to cater for the various learning levels of every student that I have taught. I have tutored to students that were getting Fs and Ds elevated them to Bs and As.
Average rating:4.6Number of reviews:(24)
I have been a Mathematics and Physics private tutor for the past seventeen (17) years. During that time, I have tutored over four hundred (400) students ages 15 to 18 who were not very academically inclined and who were getting Fs and Ds and... 
Group Class


weekly or $135 for 9 classes
1x per week, 9 weeks
60 min

Completed by 1 learner
Live video meetings
Ages: 15-18
3-12 learners per class

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