The Nucleus of the Atom Quiz #3
Contributed by: Collins

  • 1. What is radiometric dating used for?
A) Used to determine the age of non-living material.
B) Is used determine the age of living organisms.
C) Is used to determine once living materials.
D) Two of the answers are correct.
  • 2. What radioactive isotope is used for determining the age of once living material up to the age of about 50,000 years.
A) 13C
B) 12C
C) 14C
D) 238U
  • 3. What is a decay chain?
A) Shows the path of radioactive decay from unstable isotope to stable isotope.
B) Shows the path of radioactive decay from stable isotope to unstable isotope.
C) Shows all the stable and unstable isotopes of the elements.
D) None of the answers are correct.
  • 4. Where does radon come from?
A) None of the answers are correct.
B) It is a naturally occuring isotope in the decay chain of 238U.
C) From the walls of basements.
D) From the atmosphere.
  • 5. Both nuclear fusion and nuclear fission give off tremendous quantities of energy because:
A) in both, different nuclei are formed.
B) the electrons in oribit around the nucleus are released into space.
C) both convert mass directly to energy.
D) the energy absorbed to form the new nucleus is very great.
  • 6. Nuclear fission is:
A) an atom losing an electron.
B) two smaller atoms joining together to form a larger atom.
C) an atom gaining a proton.
D) the splitting of an atom into smaller atoms.
  • 7. Nuclear fussion is:
A) the splitting of an atom into smaller atoms.
B) two smaller atoms joining together to form a larger atom.
C) an atom gaining a proton.
D) an atom losing an electron.
  • 8. Which statement is false about nuclear weapons?
A) Both of the answers are false
B) The hydrogen bomb is more powerful than the atomic bomb.
C) Both of the answers are true.
D) The atomic bomb uses nuclear fission, while the hydrogen bomb uses nuclear fussion.
  • 9. Which statement is true about nuclear power plants?
A) The don't use either nuclear fission or nuclear fussion.
B) They use nuclear fussion.
C) The use nuclear fission.
D) They use both nuclear fission and nuclear fussion.
  • 10. Which is the greatest nuclear power plant disaster in human history?
A) Three-Mile Island, Harrisburg, Pennsylvaina
B) Hiroshima, Japan
C) Nagasaki, Japan
D) Chernobyl, Ukraine
Answer Key

1.D   2.C   3.A   4.B   5.C   6.D   7.B   8.C   9.C   10.D  

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