Students’ e-course Irene and Frederic Joliot Curie and the artificial radioactivity

Introduction

Welcome to this e-course.

In this e-lesson:

  • We hope that you will enjoy the story of Irene and Frederic Joliot Curie and the artificial radioactivity.
  • To appreciate the work of scientists, to learn about the social, cultural and economic environment they lived in and understand its role in the evolution of science.
  • You will realize that science is advanced through research and experimentation.
  • You will learn about modern uses of artificial radioactivity. 
  • You will summarize the story of of Irene and Frederic Joliot Curie and the artificial radioactivity.

 

This e-lesson has six activities that require approximately 90 minutes to complete. In the beginning of each activity you will read what you are going to learn and the time required to complete it. However, if you feel interested in the topic presented here you will find initial resources to further your studies. All activities have enough space to write in if you print them.

 

1st Activity

When you finish this activity you will have learned the story of Irene and Frederic Joliot Curie and the artificial radioactivity

 

time required:  15’

You will watch a video with a narration about the work of Irene and Frederic Joliot Curie and the artificial radioactivity

. Before you start watching please review the following to focus your attention.

 

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2nd Activity:

This activity will help you to locate the characters within the story of Frederic Joliot Curie and the artificial radioactivity and also to attribute them with a characteristic you find appropriate.

time required:  15’

Write down the names of the characters involved and find an adjective that you think is suitable for each character of the story.

Names of characters

Adjective

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Which two pictures are Irene Curie’s?  You may use the internet for help.

  

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Find five famous women of the 20th Century.

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3rd Activity:

This activity will help you summarise the story of Irene and Frederic Joliot Curie and the artificial radioactivity.

time required:  15’

Try to write the answers to the following activities. You may go back to the video or the text of the story [links] whenever you need it. Note with a sentence the beginning (1), the middle (2), and the end (3) of the story.

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*Which is the turning point in this story?

 

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4th Activity:

This activity will help you think how “science is influenced by historical, cultural, and social factors” and that “science requires and relies on empirical evidence”. This is an essential idea about the Nature of Science.

time required:  15’

Write how other researchers’ work affected Curie’s research. 

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Write where in the story is evident that “science relies on empirical evidence”.

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5th Activity:

This activity will help you better understand Irene Joliet Curie’s experiments with Beryllium.

time required:  15’

Visit the the following webpage about the discovery of the proton http://www-outreach.phy.cam.ac.uk/camphy/neutron/neutron5_1.htm (click next within the picture).  Then please answer the following questions:

Can you explain which particles constitute the alpha-rays?

 

 

 

Please explain what the numbers in the following nuclear reaction stand for?

 

 

 

Can you explain why the mysterious radiation emitted from the above nuclear reaction was more permeating than the alpha-rays?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6th Activity:

This activity will help you understand how artificial radioactivity that Curie discovered affect everyday life.

time required:  20’

Please write five examples about the artificial radioactivity and it’s uses today for the benefit of the society. Use the internet to find further information.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Further study

 

http://cwp.library.ucla.edu/

Visit the link bellow and study the experiments

http://www.google.gr/imgres?imgurl=http://www.goalfinder.com/images/SPAPRO7/Curie-chadwick-discover-neu.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.goalfinder.com/product.asp?productid%3D108&h=332&w=450&sz=34&tbnid=MQwPCI2drx4dhM:&tbnh=99&tbnw=134&zoom=1&usg=__FSkeNKeLSO0Z4dSdwz3QourOwD8=&docid=U2euhzetuD9zcM&sa=X&ei=diNiUtTSNaek0QW-vYDgBg&ved=0CH4Q9QEwCw

The discovery of neutron.

http://scko9uc.edu.glogster.com/scientists-neutron-918

http://www-outreach.phy.cam.ac.uk/camphy/neutron/neutron4_1.htm  

The main properties of the positron.

http://www.daviddarling.info/encyclopedia/P/positron.html

 

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