The Nuclear Atom includes the following learning objectives:

  • Distinguish between the nucleon number, proton number and neutron number;
  • Show an understanding that an element can exist in isotopic forms;
  • Use the usual notation for the representation of nuclides, isotopes and nucleons;
  • Describe the strong force as the attractive force that balances the electrostatic force within the nucleus;
  • Explain how the radii of nuclei may be estimated from charged particle scattering experiments;
  • Describe how the masses of nuclei may be determined using a Bainbridge Mass Spectrometer;
  • Estimate the density of nuclear matter.

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