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Chapter 12

Radioactivity

Class 10 - Concise Physics Selina


Exercise 12(A)

Question 1

Name the three constituents of an atom and state mass and charge of each. How are they distributed in an atom?

Answer

The three constituents of an atom are electrons, protons and neutrons.

The mass of an electron is 9.1 × 10-31 kg and charge is -1.6 × 10-19 C.

The mass of a proton is 1.67 × 10-27 kg and charge is +1.6 × 10-19 C.

The mass of a neutron is 1.67 × 10-27 kg and charge is zero.

The protons and neutrons reside inside the nucleus of the atom which is at it's centre, while the electrons revolve around the nucleus in some specific orbits.

Question 2

Define the following terms —

(a) atomic number and (b) mass number.

Answer

(a) Atomic number (Z) — The atomic number of an atom is equal to the number of protons in it's nucleus (which is same as the number of electrons in a neutral atom). i.e.,
Z = number of protons in the nucleus of an atom.

(b) Mass number (A) — The mass number of an atom is equal to the total number of nucleons (i.e., the sum of the number of protons and the number of neutrons ) in it's nucleus. i.e.,
A = number of protons + number of neutrons in the nucleus of an atom.

Question 3

What is nucleus of an atom? Compare it's size with that of the atom. Name it's constituents. How is the number of these constituents determined by the atomic number and mass number of an atom?

Answer

The nucleus is at the centre of an atom whose size is of the order of 10-15 m to 10-14 m (i.e., 10-5 to 10-4 times the size of the atom). It consists of protons and neutrons.

If Z = atomic number and A = mass number of an atom, then the atom contains,

Number of protons = Z

Number of neutrons = A – Z

Question 4

State the atomic number and mass number of 1123Na_{11}^{23}\text{Na} and draw its atomic model.

Answer

The Atomic Number (Z) of Na = 11

The Mass Number (A) of Na = 23

Number of Neutrons = A - Z = 23 - 11 = 12

Its atomic model is shown below:

State the atomic number and mass number of Na (Sodium). Radioactivity, Concise Physics Solutions ICSE Class 10.

Question 5

What are isotopes? Give one example.

Answer

The atoms of the same element, having same atomic number Z, but different mass number A, are called isotopes.

Example — Hydrogen has three isotopes namely protium 11H_{1}^{1}\text{H}, deuterium 21H_{2}^{1}\text{H} and tritium 31H_{3}^{1}\text{H}.

Question 6

What are isobars? Give one example.

Answer

The atoms of different elements which have the same mass number A, but different atomic number Z are called isobars.

Example1123Na_{11}^{23}\text{Na} and 1223Mg_{12}^{23}\text{Mg} are isobars.

Question 7

What is the name given to elements with same mass number and different atomic number ?

Answer

The name given to elements with same mass number A, and different atomic number Z is isobars.

Question 8

Name the atoms of a substance having same atomic number, but different mass numbers. Give one example of such a substance. How do the structures of such atoms differ?

Answer

The atoms of a substance having same atomic number, but different mass number are known as isotopes.

Example — Hydrogen has three isotopes namely protium 11H_{1}^{1}\text{H}, deuterium 21H_{2}^{1}\text{H} and tritium 31H_{3}^{1}\text{H}. Each isotope in it's nucleus has one proton (Z = 1) but protium (11H_{1}^{1}\text{H}) has no neutron, deuterium (21H_{2}^{1}\text{H}) has one neutron and tritium (31H_{3}^{1}\text{H}) has two neutrons. There is one electron outside the nucleus in the atom of each isotope. Thus, the structures of these isotopes differ by the number of neutrons in their nuclei.

Question 9

What is meant by radioactivity? Name two radioactive substances.

Answer

Radioactivity is a nuclear phenomenon. It is the process of spontaneous emission of α or β and γ radiations from the nucleus of atoms during their decay.

Uranium and Polonium are radioactive substances.

Question 10

A radioactive substance is oxidized. What changes would you expect to take place in the nature of radioactivity? Explain your answer.

Answer

There will be no change in the nature of radioactivity when a radioactive substance is oxidized because radioactivity is a nuclear phenomena.

Question 11

A radioactive source emits three types of radiations.

(a) Name the three radiations.

(b) Name the radiations which are deflected by the electric field.

(c) Name the radiation which is most penetrating.

(d) Name the radiation which travels with the speed of light.

(e) Name the radiation which has the highest ionizing power.

(f) Name the radiation consisting of the same kind of particles as the cathode rays.

Answer

(a) The three types of radiations are α, β and γ .

(b) The radiations which are deflected by the electric field are α and β radiations.

(c) The most penetrating radiations is γ radiations.

(d) The radiation which travels with the speed of light is γ radiation.

(e) The radiation which has the highest ionizing power is α radiations.

(f) The radiations consisting of the same kind of particles as the cathode rays are β radiations.

Question 12

A radioactive source emits three type of radiations.

(a) Name the radiation of zero mass.

(b) Name the radiation which has the lowest ionising power.

(c) Name the radiation which has the lowest penetrating power.

(d) Give the charge and mass of particles composing the radiation in part (c).

(e) When the particle referred to in part (c) becomes neutral, it is found to be the atom of a rare gas. Name this rare gas and draw a model of it's neutral atom.

(f) From which part of the atom do these radiations come?

Answer

(a) The radiation of zero mass are γ radiation.

(b) The radiation which has the lowest ionising power is the γ radiation.

(c) The radiation which has the lowest penetrating power is the α radiation.

(d) α particles have a charge of +3.2 × 10-19 C (twice the charge of a proton) and rest mass of 6.68 × 10-27 kg (four times the mass of proton)

(e) When α particles become neutral, it is found to be the atom of Helium gas. Below is the model of its neutral atom:

A radioactive source emits three type of radiations. Name the radiation of zero mass. Name the radiation which has the lowest ionising power. Name the radiation which has the lowest penetrating power. Give the charge and mass of particles composing the radiation in part (c). When the particle referred to in part (c) becomes neutral, it is found to be the atom of a rare gas. Name this rare gas and draw a model of it's neutral atom. From which part of the atom do these radiations come? Radioactivity, Concise Physics Solutions ICSE Class 10.

(f) The radiations come from the nucleus of the atom

Question 13

The diagram in figure shows a radioactive source S placed in a thick lead walled container. The radiations given out are allowed to pass through a magnetic field. The magnetic field (shown as x) acts perpendicular to the plane of paper inwards. Arrows show the paths of the radiations A, B and C.

The diagram in figure shows a radioactive source S placed in a thick lead walled container. The radiations given out are allowed to pass through a magnetic field. The magnetic field (shown as x) acts perpendicular to the plane of paper inwards. Arrows show the paths of the radiations A, B and C. Radioactivity, Concise Physics Solutions ICSE Class 10.

(a) Name the radiations labelled A, B and C.

(b) Explain clearly how you used the diagram to arrive at the answer in part (a).

Answer

(a) The radiations are —

  • A → γ radiation
  • B → α radiation
  • C → β radiation

(b) The radiation labelled as A pass undeviated which means that they are uncharged (or neutral) so they must be γ radiations.
The radiation labelled as B turn to the left which means that they are positively charged so they must be α radiations.
The radiation labelled as C turn to the right which means that they are negatively charged so they must be β radiations.

Question 14

Figure shows a mixed source R of alpha and beta particles in a thick lead walled container. The particles pass through a magnetic field in a direction perpendicular to the plane of paper inwards as shown by x.

(a) Show in the diagram how the particles get affected.

(b) Name the law used in part (a)

Figure shows a mixed source R of alpha and beta particles in a thick lead walled container. The particles pass through a magnetic field in a direction perpendicular to the plane of paper inwards as shown by x. Show in the diagram how the particles get affected. Name the law used in part (a). Radioactivity, Concise Physics Solutions ICSE Class 10.

Answer

(a) Below diagram shows the deflection of the radioactive particles in the magnetic field:

Figure shows a mixed source R of alpha and beta particles in a thick lead walled container. The particles pass through a magnetic field in a direction perpendicular to the plane of paper inwards as shown by x. Show in the diagram how the particles get affected. Name the law used in part (a). Radioactivity, Concise Physics Solutions ICSE Class 10.

(b) The direction of deflection in a magnetic field is given by Fleming’s left hand rule.

Question 15

Figure shows a radioactive source S in a thick lead walled container having a narrow opening. The radiations pass through an electric field between the plates A and B.

Figure shows a radioactive source S in a thick lead walled container having a narrow opening. The radiations pass through an electric field between the plates A and B. Complete the diagram to show the paths of α, β and γ radiations. Why is the source S kept in a thick lead walled container with a narrow opening? Name the radiation which is unaffected by the electrostatic field. Which radiation is deflected the most. Give reason. Which among the three radiations causes the least biological damage? Radioactivity, Concise Physics Solutions ICSE Class 10.

(a) Complete the diagram to show the paths of α, β and γ radiations.

(b) Why is the source S kept in a thick lead walled container with a narrow opening?

(c) Name the radiation which is unaffected by the electrostatic field.

(d) Which radiation is deflected the most. Give reason.

(e) Which among the three radiations causes the least biological damage?

Answer

(a) Below diagram shows the paths of α, β and γ radiations:

Figure shows a radioactive source S in a thick lead walled container having a narrow opening. The radiations pass through an electric field between the plates A and B. Complete the diagram to show the paths of α, β and γ radiations. Why is the source S kept in a thick lead walled container with a narrow opening? Name the radiation which is unaffected by the electrostatic field. Which radiation is deflected the most. Give reason. Which among the three radiations causes the least biological damage? Radioactivity, Concise Physics Solutions ICSE Class 10.

(b) The source S is kept in a thick lead walled container with a narrow opening so that the walls of the container absorb the radiations which strike on them from the inside and thus radiations only come out through the narrow opening.

(c) γ radiation is unaffected by the electrostatic field.

(d) The β radiation is deflected the most.
α particle is a helium nucleus consisting of two protons and two neutrons. Beta particles are fast-moving electrons with a very low mass. α particles are heavier than β particles so β particles have a high charge to mass density as compared to α particles. Due to this reason, β particles are deflected much more than the α particles.

(e) α radiation causes the least biological damage.

Question 16

Explain why α and β particles are deflected in an electric or a magnetic field, but γ rays are not deflected in such a field.

Answer

α and β radiations are charged particles (i.e., α radiation is positively charged and β radiation is negatively charged) therefore, they are deflected in an electric or magnetic field. γ radiations are uncharged particles hence, they do not show deflection in an electric or magnetic field.

Question 17

Is it possible to deflect γ radiations in a way similar to α and β particles, using the electric or magnetic field? Give reasons.

Answer

No, it is not possible to deflect γ radiations as α and β particles, using the electric or magnetic field because α and β particles are charged particles and so they show deflection whereas γ radiations are uncharged particles hence, they do not deflect using electric or magnetic field.

Question 18

State following four properties each of α, β and γ radiations — (a) nature, (b) charge, (c) mass, and (d) effect of electric field.

Answer

α Radiation

  • Nature — Stream of positively charged particles i.e., helium nucleus
  • Charge — Positive charge (two times that of a proton) = +3.2 × 10-19 C (or +2e)
  • Mass — Four times the mass of proton i.e., 6.68 × 10-27 kg
  • Effect of Electric Field — Less deflected

β Radiation

  • Nature — Stream of negatively charged particles, i.e., energetic electrons
  • Charge — Negative charge = -1.6 × 10-19 C (or –e)
  • Mass — Equal to the mass of electron i.e., 9.1 × 10-31 kg
  • Effect of Electric Field — More deflected than α radiations, but in a direction opposite to those of α radiations

γ Radiation

  • Nature — Highly energetic electromagnetic radiation
  • Charge — No charge (Neutral)
  • Mass — No mass (rest mass is zero)
  • Effect of Electric Field — Undeviated

Question 19

Arrange the α, β and γ radiations in ascending order of their (i) ionizing power, and (ii) penetrating power.

Answer

(i) Ionizing power of α, β and γ radiations arranged in ascending order is as follows:
γ < β < α

(ii) Penetrating power of α, β and γ radiations arranged in ascending order is as follows:
α < β < γ

Question 20

State the speed of each of α, β and γ radiations.

Answer

The speeds are:

  • α Radiation — 107 m s-1
  • β Radiation — 2 x 108 m s-1
  • γ Radiation — 3 x 108 m s-1

Question 21

(a) What is the composition of α, β and γ radiations?

(b) Can a hydrogen (11H_1^1\text{H}) nucleus emit an alpha particle?

(c) Which one α, β and γ radiation has the least penetrating power?

Answer

(a) α radiation consists of two protons and two neutrons. β radiation is composed of fast moving electrons emitted from the nucleus of an atom while γ radiation is photon or electromagnetic waves like X-rays and light.

(b) No, hydrogen (11H_1^1\text{H}) nucleus cannot emit an alpha particle because an alpha particle consists of two protons and two neutrons whereas hydrogen (11H_1^1\text{H}) nucleus does not have two protons and two neutrons.

(c) α radiations have least penetrating power.

Question 22

How are γ radiations produced? Mention two common properties of the γ radiations and visible light.

Answer

γ radiations are produced when the daughter or the parent nucleus is in a state of excitation ( i.e., when it has an excess of energy). This extra energy is released in the form of γ radiation.

Two common properties of γ radiations and visible light are as follows —

(i) They both are not deflected by the electric and magnetic fields since they are uncharged particles.

(ii) Speed of γ radiations is same as the speed of light (i.e., 3 x 108 m s-1)

Question 23

An α particle captures (i) one electron, (ii) two electrons. In each case, what does it change to?

Answer

(i) When an α particle captures one electron it changes to a singly ionized helium He+.

(ii) When an α particle captures two electrons it changes to a neutral helium atom.

Question 24

‘Radioactivity is a nuclear phenomenon’. Comment on this statement.

Answer

Any physical change (such as change in pressure and temperature) or chemical change (such as excessive heating, freezing, action of strong electric and magnetic fields, chemical treatment, oxidation etc.) does not change the rate of decay and the nature of radiation emitted by the substance.

This clearly shows that the phenomenon of radioactivity cannot be due to the orbital electrons which could easily be affected by such changes. Therefore the radioactivity should be the property of the nucleus. Thus, radioactivity is a nuclear phenomenon.

Question 25

What kind of change takes place in a nucleus when a β particle is emitted? Express it by an equation. State whether (a) atomic number, and (b) mass number are conserved in a radioactive β-decay?

Answer

In emitting a β particle, the number of nucleons in the nucleus remains same, but the number of neutrons is decreased by one and the number of protons is increased by one.

If a radioactive nucleus P with mass number A and atomic number Z emits a β particle to form a daughter nucleus Q with mass number A and atomic number Z + 1, the change can be represented as follows —

ZAPZ+1     AQ+ 1   0eParent nucleusDaughter nucleus(Beta-particle)\begin{matrix} _{Z}^{A}\text{P} & \longrightarrow & _{Z+1}^{\space \space \space \space \space A}\text{Q} & + & \space _{-1}^{\space \space \space 0}\text{e} \\ \footnotesize{\text{Parent nucleus}} & & \footnotesize{\text{Daughter nucleus}} & & \footnotesize{\text{(Beta-particle)}} \end{matrix}

(a) Atomic number Z is increased by 1

(b) Mass number remains unchanged

Question 26

A certain radioactive nucleus emits a particle that leaves it's mass number unchanged, but increases it's atomic number by one. Identify the particle and write it's symbol.

Answer

A β particle leaves it's mass number unchanged, but increases it's atomic number by one.
The symbol of β particle is given by 1   0e_{-1}^{ \space \space \space 0}\text{e} or 1   0β_{-1}^{ \space \space \space 0}\text{β}.

Question 27

What happens to the (i) atomic number, (ii) mass number of the nucleus of an element when (a) an α particle, (b) a β particle, and (c) γ radiation, is emitted?

Answer

(i) Atomic number

  • When an α particle is emitted atomic number decreases by 2.
  • When a β particle is emitted atomic number increases by 1.
  • When γ radiation is emitted there is no change in atomic number.

(ii) Mass number

  • When an α particle is emitted mass number decreases by 4.
  • When a β particle is emitted there is no change in the mass number.
  • When a γ radiation is emitted there is no change in the mass number.

Question 28

What happens to the position of an element in the periodic table when it's nucleus emits (a) an α particle, (b) a β particle and (c) γ radiation? Give reason for your answer.

Answer

When the nucleus of an element emits an α particle, the position of the resultant element changes to two places earlier (i.e., to the left of the parent element in the periodic table).

This happens because the atomic number decreases by 2, hence the new element shifts two places to the left on emission of an α particle.

(b) When the nucleus of an element emits a β particle, the position of the resultant element changes to one place after (i.e., one place to the right ).

This happens because the atomic number increases by 1, hence the new element shifts one place to the right on emission of a β particle.

(c) When the nucleus of an element emits a γ radiation, there is no change in the position of the element in the periodic table.

This happens because there is no change in the atomic number, hence there is no change in the position of the element on emission of γ radiations.

Question 29

What changes occur in a nucleus of a radioactive element when it emits (a) an alpha particle, (b) a beta particle, (c) gamma radiation? Give one example, in each case (a) and (b) in support of your answer.

Answer

(a) If the nucleus X of a radioactive element of mass number A and atomic number Z emits an α particle, the daughter nucleus Y of a new element has mass number equal to (A - 4) and atomic number equal to (Z - 2).
Thus, atomic number decreases by 2 units and mass number decreases by 4 units.

ZAXZ2A4Y+ 24HeParent nucleusDaughter nucleus(α-particle)\begin{matrix} _{Z}^{A}\text{X} & \longrightarrow & _{Z-2}^{A-4}\text{Y} & + & \space _{2}^{4}\text{He} \\ \footnotesize{\text{Parent nucleus}} & & \footnotesize{\text{Daughter nucleus}} & & \footnotesize{\text{(α-particle)}} \end{matrix}

Example — When a radioactive uranium nucleus 92238U_{92}^{238}\text{U} emits an α particle, a new nucleus thorium 90234Th_{90}^{234}\text{Th} is formed and the change is represented as follows —

92238U 90234Th+ 24He_{92}^{238}\text{U} \longrightarrow \space _{90}^{234}\text{Th} + \space _{2}^{4}\text{He}

(b) In emitting a β particle, the number of nucleons in the nucleus remains same, but the number of neutrons is decreased by one and the number of protons is increased by one.
If a radioactive nucleus P with mass number A and atomic number Z emits a β particle to form a daughter nucleus Q with mass number A and atomic number Z + 1, the change can be represented as follows:

ZAPZ+1     AQ+ 1   0eParent nucleusDaughter nucleus(β-particle)\begin{matrix} _{Z}^{A}\text{P} & \longrightarrow & _{Z+1}^{\space \space \space \space \space A}\text{Q} & + & \space _{-1}^{\space \space \space 0}\text{e} \\ \footnotesize{\text{Parent nucleus}} & & \footnotesize{\text{Daughter nucleus}} & & \footnotesize{\text{(β-particle)}} \end{matrix}

Example — A radioactive carbon nucleus 614C_{6}^{14}\text{C}, having 14 nucleons (6 protons and 8 neutrons) emits a β particle and changes to a new nucleus nitrogen 714N_{7}^{14}\text{N} having 14 nucleons (7 protons and 7 neutrons).

The change is represented as follows —

614C   714N+1   0e_{6}^{14}\text{C} \longrightarrow \space _{\space \space 7}^{14}\text{N} + _{-1}^{\space \space \space 0}\text{e}

(c) There is no change in the mass number A and atomic number Z of the nucleus in gamma emission. It is represented as follows:

ZAX*ZAX+ γParent nucleusDaughter nucleus(gamma radiation)\begin{matrix} _{Z}^{A}\text{X*} & \longrightarrow & _{Z}^{A}\text{X} & + & \space \text{γ} \\ \footnotesize{\text{Parent nucleus}} & & \footnotesize{\text{Daughter nucleus}} & & \footnotesize{\text{(gamma radiation)}} \end{matrix}

Here the star indicates the excited state of the nucleus. Thus in gamma emission, the excited nucleus comes to its ground state.

Question 30

(a) An atomic nucleus A is composed of 84 protons and 128 neutrons. The nucleus A emits an α-particle and is transformed into a nucleus B. What is the composition of B?

(b) The nucleus B emits a β-particle and is transformed into a nucleus C. What is the composition of C?

(c) What is the mass number of the nucleus A?

(d) Does the composition of nucleus C change if it emits the γ radiation?

Answer

(a) The composition of B is 82 protons and 126 neutrons.
Explanation: When the nucleus A emits an α-particle, the resulting nucleus B has 2 protons and 2 neutrons less than the original nucleus.

(b) The composition of C is 83 protons and 125 neutrons.
Explanation: When the nucleus B emits a β-particle, the resulting nucleus C has 1 proton more and 1 neutron less than the nucleus B.

(c) The mass number of nucleus A = number of protons + number of neutrons = 84 + 128 = 212.

(d) No, the composition of nucleus C does not change on emitting γ radiations as there is no change in the mass number A and atomic number Z of the nucleus in gamma emission.

Question 31

A certain nucleus A (mass number 238 and atomic number 92) is radioactive and becomes a nucleus B (mass number 234 and atomic number 90) by the emission of a particle.

(a) Name the particle emitted.

(b) Explain how you arrived at your answer.

(c) State the change in the form of a reaction.

Answer

(a) The particle emitted is α-particle.

(b) As the atomic number is decreased by 2 and the mass number is decreased by 4 hence, we can say that an α-particle is emitted.

(c) This change can be expressed in the form of a reaction as follows:

92238A90234B+ 24HeParent nucleusDaughter nucleus(α-particle)\begin{matrix} _{92}^{238}\text{A} & \longrightarrow & _{90}^{234}\text{B} & + & \space _{2}^{4}\text{He} \\ \footnotesize{\text{Parent nucleus}} & & \footnotesize{\text{Daughter nucleus}} & & \footnotesize{\text{(α-particle)}} \end{matrix}

Question 32

State whether the following nuclear disintegrations are allowed or not (star indicate an excited state). Give reason if it is not allowed.

(a) ZAX*ZAX+γ_{Z}^{A}\text{X*} \longrightarrow _{Z}^{A}\text{X} + \gamma

(b) ZAX Z2     AX+ 24He_{Z}^{A}\text{X} \longrightarrow \space _{Z-2}^{ \space \space \space \space \space A}\text{X} + \space _{2}^{4}\text{He}

Answer

(a) The above reaction is allowed as the mass number is conserved.

(b) The above reaction is not allowed as the mass number is not conserved.

Question 33

A nucleus 1124Na_{11}^{24}\text{Na} is β-radioactive.

(a) What are the numbers 24 and 11 called?

(b) Write the equation representing β-decay.

(c) What general name is given to the product nucleus with respect to 1124Na_{11}^{24}\text{Na}.

Answer

(a) The number 24 is called the mass number and the number 11 is called the atomic number.

(b) The equation representing β-decay is as follows —

1124Na 1224Mg+1   0e_{11}^{24}\text{Na} \longrightarrow \space _{12}^{24}\text{Mg} + _{-1}^{\space \space\space 0}\text{e}

(c) The product nucleus is called the isobar because they have same mass number and different atomic number.

Question 34

A nucleus of stable phosphorus has 15 protons and 16 neutrons.

(a) What is it's atomic number and mass number?

(b) The nucleus of radio phosphorous has one neutron more than the stable nucleus. What will be it's atomic number and mass number?

(c) What will be the atomic number and mass number of new nucleus formed by decay of a β-particle by the radio phosphorus in part (b)?

Answer

(a) Atomic number and mass number are as follows:

Atomic number = no. of protons = 15
Mass number = no. of protons + no. of neutrons = 15 + 16 = 31

(b) Atomic number = 15 and Mass number = 15 + 17 = 32

(c) Atomic number = 16 and Mass number = 32.
Explanation: After emission of β-particle, number of neutrons is decreased by one and number of protons is increased by one. So, the mass number (A) does not change whereas the atomic number (Z) increases by one.

Question 35

An element P disintegrates by α emission and the new element suffers two further disintegrations, both by β emission, to form an element Q. Explain the fact that P and Q are the isotopes.

Answer

As we know, the atoms of same element, having same atomic number Z, but different mass number A, are called isotopes.

When the element P disintegrates by α emission, atomic number of P decreases by 2 and mass no. decreases by 4 then the atomic number increases by 1 due to first β emission and again increases by 1 due to second β emission and we get Q. We observe that atomic number of Q becomes the same as it was before the emission (i.e. P). Hence, P and Q are the isotopes.

Question 36

A nucleus ZAX_{Z}^{A}\text{X} emits 2 α particles and 1 β particle to form a 85222R_{85}^{222}\text{R} nucleus. Find the atomic number and mass number of X.

Answer

85222R_{85}^{222}\text{R} before the emission of β particle, would have atomic number 84, and before 2 α emissions, atomic number would have been 88. Hence, atomic number (Z) = 88.

85222R_{85}^{222}\text{R} before the emission of β particle, would have mass number 222, and before 2 α emissions, mass number would have been 230. Hence, mass number (A) = 230.

Question 37

Complete the following sentences:

(a) The mass number and atomic number of an element are not changed when it emits ............

(b) The atomic number of a radioactive element is not changed when it emits ............

(c) During the emission of a beta particle, the ............ number remains same.

Answer

(a) The mass number and atomic number of an element are not changed when it emits γ radiations.

(b) The atomic number of a radioactive element is not changed when it emits γ radiations .

(c) During the emission of a beta particle, the mass number remains same.

Question 38

Complete the following nuclear changes —

(a) xaPQ+10β_{x}^{a}\text{P} \longrightarrow Q + _{-1}^{0}\text{β}
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(b) 92238U 90234Th+......+energy_{92}^{238}\text{U} \longrightarrow \space _{90}^{234}\text{Th} + ...... + \text{energy}

(c) 92238PαQβRβS_{92}^{238}\text{P} \overset{\alpha} \longrightarrow \text{Q} \overset{\beta} \longrightarrow \text{R} \overset{\beta} \longrightarrow \text{S}

(d) ZAXαX1γX22βX3_{Z}^{A}\text{X} \overset{\alpha} \longrightarrow \text{X}_{1} \overset{\gamma} \longrightarrow \text{X}_{2} \overset{2\beta} \longrightarrow \text{X}_{3}

(e) XβX1αX2α 69172X3\text{X} \overset{\beta} \longrightarrow \text{X}_{1} \overset{\alpha} \longrightarrow \text{X}_{2} \overset{\alpha} \longrightarrow \space _{69}^{172}\text{X}_{3}

Answer

(a) Due to emission of a β particle, the atomic number increases by 1 and the mass number is unchanged. Hence, the nuclear change is —

xaPx+1aQ+10β_{x}^{a}\text{P} \longrightarrow _{x + 1}^{a}\text{Q} + _{-1}^{0}\text{β}

(b) Due to α emission, atomic number decreases by 2 and mass number decreases by 4. Also, an alpha particle is same as a Helium nucleus with 2 protons and 2 neutrons. Hence, we get the nuclear change as —

92238U90234Th+24He+energy_{92}^{238}\text{U} \longrightarrow _{90}^{234}\text{Th} + _{2}^{4}\text{He} + \text{energy}

(c) When there is an α emission from 92238P_{92}^{238}\text{P} , then the atomic number decreases by 2 and mass number decreases by 4. Hence, we get 90234Q_{90}^{234}\text{Q} .

Now, when 90234Q_{90}^{234}\text{Q} undergoes β emission, the atomic number increases by 1 and the mass number is unchanged. Hence, we get 91234R_{91}^{234}\text{R}.

In the final step when 91234R_{91}^{234}\text{R} undergoes β emission again the atomic number increases by 1 and the mass number is unchanged. Hence we get 92234S_{92}^{234}\text{S}.

So the complete nuclear change is as follows —

92238Pα 90234Qβ 91234Rβ 92234S_{92}^{238}\text{P} \overset{\alpha} \longrightarrow \space _{90}^{234}\text{Q} \overset{\beta} \longrightarrow \space _{91}^{234}\text{R} \overset{\beta} \longrightarrow \space _{92}^{234}\text{S}

(d) When there is an α emission from ZAX_{Z}^{A}\text{X} , then the atomic number decreases by 2 and mass number decreases by 4. Hence, we get Z2A4X1_{Z - 2}^{A - 4}\text{X}_{1}

After the γ emission, there is no change in atomic number and mass number. Hence, we get Z2A4X2_{Z - 2}^{A - 4}\text{X}_{2}

In the final step when there are two β emissions, the atomic number increases by 2 and the mass number is unchanged and we get ZA4X3_{Z}^{A - 4}\text{X}_{3}

Hence, the nuclear change is as follows —

ZAXαZ2A4X1γZ2A4X22β     ZA4X3_{Z}^{A}\text{X} \overset{\alpha} \longrightarrow _{Z - 2}^{A - 4}\text{X}_{1} \overset{\gamma} \longrightarrow _{Z - 2}^{A - 4}\text{X}_{2} \overset{2\beta} \longrightarrow _{\space \space \space \space \space Z}^{A - 4}\text{X}_{3}

(e) The daughter nucleus   69172X3_{\space \space 69}^{172}\text{X}_{3} is formed after α decay of X2\text{X}_{2}, so atomic number of X2\text{X}_{2} will be 2 units more and it's mass number will be 4 units more i.e.,   71176X2_{\space \space 71}^{176}\text{X}_{2}

The nucleus   71176X2_{\space \space 71}^{176}\text{X}_{2} is formed after α decay of X1\text{X}_{1} so atomic number of X1\text{X}_{1} will be 2 units more and it's mass number will be 4 units more i.e.,   73180X2_{\space \space 73}^{180}\text{X}_{2}

The nucleus   73180X2_{\space \space 73}^{180}\text{X}_{2} is formed after β decay of X, the atomic number will be one unit less and the mass number is unchanged i.e.,   72180X_{\space \space 72}^{180}\text{X}

Hence, the nuclear change is as follows —

  72180Xβ   73180X1α   71176X2α   69172X3_{\space \space 72}^{180}\text{X} \overset{\beta} \longrightarrow \space _{\space \space 73}^{180}\text{X}_{1} \overset{\alpha} \longrightarrow \space _{\space \space 71}^{176}\text{X}_{2} \overset{\alpha} \longrightarrow \space _{\space \space 69}^{172}\text{X}_{3}

Question 39

What are radio isotopes? Give one example of a radio isotope. State one use of radio isotopes.

Answer
The isotopes of some elements with atomic number (Z) less than 82 are found to be radio active. They are called the radio isotopes.

One example of radio isotopes is Cobalt 2760Co_{27}^{60}\text{Co} (Z = 27 and A = 60).

Radio isotopes are used in the Medical field. Many diseases such as leukemia, cancer, etc. are cured by radio therapy with the help of radio isotopes.

Question 40

Why are the alpha particles not used in radio therapy?

Answer

The alpha particles are not used in radio therapy because they cannot penetrate the human skin.

Question 41

Why do we usually use isotopes emitting γ radiations as radioactive tracers in medical science?

Answer

We usually use isotopes emitting γ radiations as radioactive tracers in medical science, because they are most penetrating and can easily pass through the human body.

Question 42

When does the nucleus of an atom tend to become radioactive?

Answer

The nucleus of an atom becomes radioactive when number of neutrons in the nucleus exceeds the number of protons in it.

Question 43

Which of the following is the radio isotope in each pair (a), (b) and (c) ?

(a) 612C_{6}^{12}\text{C}, 614C_{6}^{14}\text{C}

(b) 1530P_{15}^{30}\text{P}, 1532P_{15}^{32}\text{P}

(c) 1939K_{19}^{39}\text{K}, 1940K_{19}^{40}\text{K}

Give reason for your answer.

Answer

The following are radioisotope —

(a) 614C_{6}^{14}\text{C}

(b) 1532P_{15}^{32}\text{P}

(c) 1940K_{19}^{40}\text{K}

The above mentioned elements are isotopes because the number of neutrons exceeds the number of protons.

Question 44

State the medical use of radioactivity.

Answer

  1. Many diseases such as leukemia, cancer, etc., are cured by radiation therapy. γ radiations from cobalt-60 (2760Co_{27}^{60}\text{Co}) are used to treat cancer by killing the cells in the malignant tumor of the patient.
  2. The salt of weak radioactive isotopes such as radio-sodium chloride, radio-iron and radio-iodine are used for diagnosis. Such radio isotopes are called the tracers. These tracers are used to detect the suspected brain tumors and blood clots before they become dangerous.
  3. γ rays emitted by the radio isotopes are used to sterilize bandages, dressings, syringes and other equipments to make them free from germs.

Question 45

Arrange the α, β, and γ radiation in ascending order of their biological damage. Give reason.

Answer

α < β < γ

An α-particle rapidly dissipates it's energy as it moves through a medium and therefore it's penetrating power is quite small. It can penetrate only through 3-8 cm in air. It can easily be stopped by a thin card sheet or a thick paper. As it is least penetrating so it causes least biological damage.

The penetrating power of β-particles is more than that of the α-particles but less than that of γ-particles. They can travel through nearly 5 m in air and pass through thin card sheet, and even through thin aluminium foil, but a 5 mm thick aluminium sheet can stop the beta particles. As the penetrating power is in between α and γ, hence the biological damage cause by β radiation is also in between α and γ.

The penetrating power of γ-rays is high. It is about (100,00) times that of α-particles and (100) times that of β-particles. They can pass through 500 m in air or through 30 cm thick sheet of iron. A thick sheet of lead is required to stop them. As penetrating power is most hence biological damage caused by γ-rays is most.

Question 46

Name two main sources of nuclear radiations. How are the nuclear radiations harmful?

Answer

Two main sources of nuclear radiations are:

  1. Radioactive fall out from nuclear plants — The nuclear power plants are now a major source of electricity in the world. If somehow, there is an accident in the reactor of power plant, a large amount of radioactive material and radiations will escape out into the atmosphere. This will not only affect the population around the plant, but will also affect the life at far off places where they will reach due to air currents.
  2. Nuclear waste — The nuclear waste are still very radioactive and are a source of harmful radiations therefore, they should not be dumped in the open garbage. They can contaminate water and soil and affect the human and living organisms.

The harmful biological effects of nuclear radiations are of three types:

  1. Short term recoverable effects like diarrhea, sore throat, loss of hair, nausea, etc.
  2. Long term irrecoverable effects like leukemia and cancer.
  3. Genetic effects that appear in the later generations of the person exposed to the radiation as the genes in the living cell get modified.

Question 47

State two safety measures to be taken while establishing a nuclear power plant?

Answer

Two safety measures to be taken while establishing a nuclear power plant are:

  1. The nuclear reactor of the power plant must be shielded with lead and steel walls so as to stop radiations from escaping out to the environment during it's normal operation.
  2. The nuclear reactor must be housed in an air tight building of strong concrete structure which can withstand earthquakes, fires and explosion.

Question 48

What is meant by nuclear waste? State one way for the safe disposal of nuclear waste?

Answer

The fuel rods used in the nuclear power reactors are rejected when their activity decreases below a certain level. They then become a nuclear waste.

These rods are still quite radioactive and are the source of harmful radiations therefore they should not be dumped in open garbage. They can contaminate water and soil and affect the human and living organism.

Question 49

State three safety precautions that you would take while handling the radioactive substances.

Answer

Safety precautions that people should take while handling the radioactive substances are —

  1. They should put on special lead lined aprons and lead gloves.
  2. They should handle the radioactive materials with long lead tongs.
  3. The radioactive substances must be kept in a thick lead container with a very narrow opening, so that the walls of the container absorb the radiations which strike on them from the inside and thus radiations only come out through the narrow opening.

Question 50

Why should a radioactive substance not be touched by hands?

Answer

Radioactive substance should not be touched by hands because these radiations are harmful and can damage the living tissues and cause radiation burns.

Question 51

What do you mean by background radiations? Name it's two sources. Is it possible for us to keep ourselves away from it?

Answer

Background radiations are the radioactive radiations (such as α, β and γ) to which we all are exposed, even in the absence of an actual visible radioactive source.

The sources of background radiation are:

  1. Internal source — the radioactive substances such as potassium (K-40), carbon (C-14) and radium are present inside our body.
  2. External source — cosmic rays, naturally occurring radioactive elements such as radon-222 and solar radiation.

It is not possible for us to keep ourselves away from the background radiations.

Multiple Choice Type

Question 1

A radioactive substance emits radiations:

  1. α, β and γ simultaneously
  2. in the order α, β and γ one by one
  3. X-rays and γ-rays
  4. α or β ✓ .

Answer

A radioactive substance emits radiations α or β.

Question 2

In β-emission from a radioactive substance, an electron is ejected. This electron comes from:

  1. the outermost orbit of atom
  2. the inner orbits of atom
  3. the surface of substance
  4. the nucleus of atom ✓

Answer

The electron comes from the nucleus of an atom

Question 3

The least penetrating radiation is:

  1. α-particles ✓
  2. β-particles
  3. X-rays
  4. γ-radiations

Answer

An α-particle rapidly dissipates it's energy as it moves through a medium and therefore it's penetrating power is quite small. It can penetrate only through 3-8 cm in air. It can easily be stopped by a thin card sheet or a thick paper. As it is least penetrating so it causes least biological damage.

Question 4

The radiation suffering the maximum deflection in a magnetic field is:

  1. α-particles
  2. β-particles ✓
  3. X-rays
  4. γ-radiations

Answer

The radiation suffering the maximum deflection in a magnetic field is β-particles.

Exercise 12(B)

Question 1

What do you mean by nuclear energy? What is responsible for it's release?

Answer

In a nuclear change due to a radioactive phenomenon (such as decay, fission or fusion), the total sum of masses of product nuclei is always less than the total sum of the masses of reactant nuclei. Thus, there ia a loss of mass, due to which the energy is released. The energy so obtained is called the nuclear energy.

The radioactive phenomenon responsible for the release of nuclear energy are fission and fusion.

Question 2

Write down the Einstein’s mass-energy equivalence relation, explaining the meaning of each symbol used in it.

Answer

Einstein’s mass-energy equivalence relation is E = (∆m)c2.

Here,

∆m is the loss in mass in kg,
c is the speed of light (= 3 × 108 m s-1) and
E is the energy in joule (J).

Question 3

(a) What is a.m.u? Express 1 a.m.u. in MeV.

(b) Write the approximate mass of a proton, neutron and electron in a.m.u.

Answer

The mass of atomic particles is expressed in atomic mass unit (a.m.u).

1 a.m.u. = 931 MeV

The mass of a proton = 1.00727 a.m.u.
The mass of a neutron = 1.00865 a.m.u.
The mass of an electron = 0.00055 a.m.u.

Question 4

What is nuclear fission? Name the substance used for it. Write one fission reaction.

Answer

Nuclear fission is the process in which a heavy nucleus splits into two lighter nuclei of nearly the same size, when bombarded with slow neutrons. In each fission reaction, a tremendous amount of energy is released.

Uranium is one substance that can be used for nuclear fission.

Example of fission reaction is —

92235U+01n(92236U)56144Ba(uranium)(neutron)(barium)+3689Kr+3 01n+energy(krypton)(neutrons)\begin{matrix} _{92}^{235}\text{U} & + & _{0}^{1}\text{n} & \longrightarrow & (_{92}^{236}\text{U}) & \longrightarrow & _{56}^{144}\text{Ba} \\ \footnotesize{\text{(uranium)}} & & \footnotesize{\text{(neutron)}} & & & & \footnotesize{\text{(barium)}} \\ & + & _{36}^{89}\text{Kr} & + & 3 \space _{0}^{1}\text{n} & + & \text{energy} \\ & & \footnotesize{\text{(krypton)}} & & \footnotesize{\text{(neutrons)}} \end{matrix}

Question 5

(a) Name two isotopes of uranium which are fissionable.

(b) Which of the isotope mentioned in part (a) above is easily fissionable? Give reason.

(c) State whether the neutron needed for fission reaction of the isotope mentioned in part (b) above, is slow or fast?

Answer

(a) The ore of uranium found in nature contains two isotopes (92238U_{92}^{238}\text{U} and 92235U_{92}^{235}\text{U}). Both are fissionable.

(b) Although both the isotopes are fissionable, but experimentally it is found that the isotope 92235U_{92}^{235}\text{U} is more fissionable than the isotope 92238U_{92}^{238}\text{U}.
The reason is that the fission of 92238U_{92}^{238}\text{U} nucleus is possible only by fast neutron, while the fission of 92235U_{92}^{235}\text{U} nucleus can occur even by the slow neutrons.

(c) Either of slow or fast neutron can be used for the fission reaction of 92235U_{92}^{235}\text{U}.

Question 6

Write the approximate value of the energy released in the fission of one nucleus of 92235U_{92}^{235}\text{U}. What is the reason for it?

Answer

Approximately 190 MeV energy is released in the fission of one nucleus.

The reason for the energy release is the loss in mass. In a nuclear change due to a radioactive phenomenon (such as decay, fission or fusion), the total sum of masses of product nuclei is always less than the total sum of the masses of reactant nuclei. Thus, there ia a loss of mass, due to which the energy is released.

Question 7

Complete the following nuclear fission reactions:

(a) 92235U_{92}^{235}\text{U} + 01n_{0}^{1}\text{n}56Ba_{56}\text{Ba} + 92Kr^{92}\text{Kr} + 3 01n_{0}^{1}\text{n} + …….

(b) 92235U_{92}^{235}\text{U} + 01n_{0}^{1}\text{n}148La^{148}\text{La} + 3585Br_{35}^{85}\text{Br}+ …… 01n_{0}^{1}\text{n} + energy

Answer

(a) 92235U_{92}^{235}\text{U} + 01n_{0}^{1}\text{n}56141Ba_{56}^{141}\text{Ba} + 3692Kr_{36}^{92}\text{Kr} + 3 01n_{0}^{1}\text{n} + energy

(b) 92235U_{92}^{235}\text{U} + 01n_{0}^{1}\text{n}57148La_{57}^{148}\text{La} + 3585Br_{35}^{85}\text{Br} + 3 01n_{0}^{1}\text{n} + energy

Question 8

What do you mean by the chain reaction in nuclear fission? How is it controlled?

Answer

When slow neutrons are bombarded on uranium-235 (92235U_{92}^{235}\text{U}), each uranium nucleus splits into two nearly equal fragments (56144Ba_{56}^{144}\text{Ba} and 3689Kr_{36}^{89}\text{Kr}) with the release of three neutrons and tremendous amount of energy (nearly 190 MeV). These new neutrons can cause fission in the other uranium nuclei under the suitable conditions. Thus, a chain of fission of nuclei is formed which once started, continues till the entire uranium is consumed.

The chain reaction is controlled by absorbing some of the neutrons emitted in the fission process by means of the cadmium rods and then making them slow by the moderators (such as graphite, heavy water, etc). This way, the energy obtained in fission reaction can be controlled and utilised for the constructive purposes.

Question 9

State two uses of nuclear fission?

Answer

  1. For destructive use — Nuclear fission is used in nuclear bomb. The energy released is fast and uncontrolled.
  2. For constructive use — The fission process is used in a nuclear reactor, where the rate of release of energy is slow and controlled. This energy is used to generate the electric power.

Question 10

Give two differences between the radioactive decay and nuclear fission.

Answer

Radioactive decayNuclear fission
It is a spontaneous process.It does not occur by itself. It is initiated when, neutrons are bombarded on a heavy nucleus.
The rate of radioactive decay cannot be controlled.The rate of nuclear fission can be controlled.

Question 11

(a) What is nuclear fusion? Give one example and write it's nuclear reaction.

(b) What other name is given to nuclear fusion? Give reason.

Answer

(a) Nuclear fusion is the process in which two light nuclei combine to form a heavy nucleus. In this process, huge amount of energy is released.

Example —

When two deuterium nuclei (12H_{1}^{2}\text{H}) fuse, 3.3 MeV energy is released and the nucleus of helium isotope (23He_{2}^{3}\text{He}) is formed. This helium isotope again gets fused with one deuterium nucleus to form a helium nucleus (24He_{2}^{4}\text{He}) and 18.3 MeV energy is released in this process. The nuclear reaction are —

12H+ 12H 23He+ 01n+3.3 MeV_{1}^{2}\text{H} + \space _{1}^{2}\text{H} \longrightarrow \space _{2}^{3}\text{He} + \space _{0}^{1}\text{n} + 3.3 \text{ MeV}

23He+ 12H 24He+ 11H+18.3 MeV_{2}^{3}\text{He} + \space _{1}^{2}\text{H} \longrightarrow \space _{2}^{4}\text{He} + \space _{1}^{1}\text{H} + 18.3 \text{ MeV}

Thus in all, three deuterium nuclei fuse to form a helium nucleus with a release of 21.6 MeV energy.

(b) Nuclear fusion is also called as thermo-nuclear reaction because nuclear fusion takes place at very high temperature.

Question 12

Why is a very high temperature required for the process of nuclear fusion? State the approximate temperature required.

Answer

Nuclear fusion is not possible at ordinary temperature and ordinary pressure because when two nuclei approach each other, due to their positive charge, the electrostatic force of repulsion becomes too strong between them that they do not fuse. Hence, to make the fusion possible, a high temperature of (≈ 107 K) and high pressure is required. Due to thermal agitations both nuclei acquire sufficient kinetic energy at such a high temperature so as to overcome the force of repulsion between them when they approach each other and so they get fused.
That is why the fusion reaction is also called the thermo nuclear reaction.
The temperature required is ≈ 107 K.

Question 13

(a) Write one nuclear fusion reaction.

(b) State the approximate value of energy released in the reaction mentioned in part (a).

(c) Give reason for the release of energy stated in part (b).

Answer

(a) A nuclear fusion reaction is given below:

12H+12H23He+01n+3.3 MeV(deuterium)(deuterium)(helium isotope)(neutron)\begin{matrix} _{1}^{2}\text{H} & + & _{1}^{2}\text{H} & \longrightarrow & _{2}^{3}\text{He} & + & _{0}^{1}\text{n} & + & 3.3\text{ MeV} \\ \footnotesize{\text{(deuterium)}} & & \footnotesize{\text{(deuterium)}} & & \footnotesize{\text{(helium isotope)}} & & \footnotesize{\text{(neutron)}} \end{matrix}

23He+12H24He+11H+18.3 MeV(helium isotope)(deuterium)(helium)(proton)\begin{matrix} _{2}^{3}\text{He} & + & _{1}^{2}\text{H} & \longrightarrow & _{2}^{4}\text{He} & + & _{1}^{1}\text{H} & + & 18.3\text{ MeV} \\ \footnotesize{\text{(helium isotope)}} & & \footnotesize{\text{(deuterium)}} & & \footnotesize{\text{(helium)}} & & \footnotesize{\text{(proton)}} \end{matrix}

In this reaction, three deuterium nuclei fuse to form a helium nucleus.

(b) Approximately, 21.6 MeV energy is released in the reaction.

(c) When two deuterium nuclei fuse, 3.3 MeV energy is released and the nucleus of helium isotope (23He_{2}^{3}\text{He} ) is formed. This helium again gets fused with one deuterium nucleus to form a helium nucleus (24He_{2}^{4}\text{He}) and 18.3 MeV is released.

Question 14

Complete the following fusion reactions —

(a) 23He_{2}^{3}\text{He} + 12H_{1}^{2}\text{H}2He_{2}\text{He} + 1H_{1} \text{H} + energy

(b) 12H_{1}^{2}\text{H} + 12H_{1}^{2}\text{H}2He_{2}\text{He} + 1n^{1} \text{n} + energy

Answer

(a) 23He_{2}^{3}\text{He} + 12H_{1}^{2}\text{H}24He_{2}^{4}\text{He} + 11H_{1} ^{1}\text{H} + energy

(b) 12H_{1}^{2}\text{H} + 12H_{1}^{2}\text{H}23He_{2}^{3}\text{He} + 01n_{0}^{1} \text{n} + energy

Question 15

(a) Name the process, nuclear fission or nuclear fusion, in which the energy released per unit mass is more?

(b) Name the process, fission or fusion which is possible at ordinary temperature.

Answer

(a) In nuclear fusion, the energy released per unit mass is more as compared to nuclear fission.

(b) Nuclear fission is possible at ordinary temperature.

Question 16

(a) State one similarity in the process of nuclear fission and fusion.

(b) State two differences between the process of nuclear fission and fusion.

Answer

(a) In both the process nuclear fission and fusion, the similarity is the release of energy due to loss in mass.

(b) Differences between nuclear fission and fusion are as follows —

Nuclear FissionNuclear Fusion
In fission when neutrons are bombarded on a heavy nucleus, it splits in two nearly equal light fragments.In fusion, at a very high temperature and high pressure two light nuclei combine to form a heavy nucleus.
This reaction is possible at ordinary temperature and ordinary pressure.This reaction is possible only at a very high temperature (≈ 107 K) and a very pressure.

Question 17

Give two examples of nuclear fusion.

Answer

Two examples of nuclear fusion are given below:

11H+11H12H+0.42 MeV(proton)(proton)(deuterium)\begin{matrix} _{1}^{1}\text{H} & + & _{1}^{1}\text{H} & \longrightarrow & _{1}^{2}\text{H} & + & 0.42\text{ MeV} \\ \footnotesize{\text{(proton)}} & & \footnotesize{\text{(proton)}} & & \footnotesize{\text{(deuterium)}} \end{matrix}

12H+12H13H+11H+4.0 MeV(deuterium)(deuterium)(tritium)(proton)\begin{matrix} _{1}^{2}\text{H} & + & _{1}^{2}\text{H} & \longrightarrow & _{1}^{3}\text{H} & + & _{1}^{1}\text{H} & + & 4.0\text{ MeV} \\ \footnotesize{\text{(deuterium)}} & & \footnotesize{\text{(deuterium)}} & & \footnotesize{\text{(tritium)}} & & \footnotesize{\text{(proton)}} \end{matrix}

Question 18

What is the source of energy of sun or stars?

Answer

Nuclear Fusion is the source of energy of sun or stars.

Question 19

Name the following nuclear reactions —

(a) 92235U_{92}^{235}\text{U} + 01n_{0}^{1}\text{n}3890Sr_{38}^{90}\text{Sr} + 54143Xe_{54}^{143}\text{Xe} + 3 01n_{0}^{1}\text{n} + γ

(b) 13H_{1}^{3}\text{H} + 12H_{1}^{2}\text{H}24He_{2}^{4}\text{He} + 01n_{0}^{1}\text{n} + γ

Answer

(a) The reaction taking place is Nuclear Fission.

(b) The reaction taking place is Nuclear Fusion.

Multiple Choice Type

Question 1

The particle used in nuclear fission for bombardment is:

  1. alpha particle
  2. proton
  3. beta particle
  4. neutron ✓

Answer

The particle used in nuclear fission for bombardment is neutron.

Question 2

The temperature required for the process of nuclear fusion is nearly:

  1. 1000 K
  2. 104 K
  3. 105 K
  4. 107 K ✓

Answer

Nuclear fusion is not possible at ordinary temperature and ordinary pressure because when two nuclei approach each other, due to their positive charge, the electrostatic force of repulsion becomes too strong between them that they do not fuse. Hence, to make the fusion possible, a high temperature of (approximately 107 K) and high pressure is required. Due to thermal agitations both nuclei acquire sufficient kinetic energy at such a high temperature so as to overcome the force of repulsion between them when they approach each other and so they get fused.

Numericals

Question 1

In fission of one uranium-235 nucleus, the loss in mass is 0.2 a.m.u. Calculate the energy released.

Answer

Given,

loss in mass (∆m) = 0.2 a.m.u.

We know that,

1 a.m.u = 931 MeV

Therefore, E = 0.2 × 931 = 186.2 MeV

Hence, the energy released = 186.2 MeV

Question 2

When four hydrogen nuclei combine to form a helium nucleus in the interior of sun, the loss in mass is 0.0265 a.m.u. How much energy is released?

Answer

Given,

loss in mass (∆m) = 0.0265 a.m.u.

We know that,

1 a.m.u = 931.5 MeV

Therefore, E = 0.0265 a.m.u. × 931.5 MeV = 24.7 MeV

Hence, the energy released = 24.7 MeV

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