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

  • 1. What is radiometric dating used for?
A) Is used to determine once living materials.
B) Used to determine the age of non-living material.
C) Two of the answers are correct.
D) Is used determine the age of living organisms.
  • 2. What radioactive isotope is used for determining the age of once living material up to the age of about 50,000 years.
A) 12C
B) 14C
C) 13C
D) 238U
  • 3. What is a decay chain?
A) Shows all the stable and unstable isotopes of the elements.
B) Shows the path of radioactive decay from unstable isotope to stable isotope.
C) Shows the path of radioactive decay from stable isotope to unstable isotope.
D) None of the answers are correct.
  • 4. Where does radon come from?
A) From the walls of basements.
B) None of the answers are correct.
C) It is a naturally occuring isotope in the decay chain of 238U.
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) an atom gaining a proton.
C) two smaller atoms joining together to form a larger atom.
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 losing an electron.
D) an atom gaining a proton.
  • 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) The atomic bomb uses nuclear fission, while the hydrogen bomb uses nuclear fussion.
D) Both of the answers are true.
  • 9. Which statement is true about nuclear power plants?
A) The use nuclear fission.
B) The don't use either nuclear fission or nuclear fussion.
C) They use nuclear fussion.
D) They use both nuclear fission and nuclear fussion.
  • 10. Which is the greatest nuclear power plant disaster in human history?
A) Hiroshima, Japan
B) Three-Mile Island, Harrisburg, Pennsylvaina
C) Chernobyl, Ukraine
D) Nagasaki, Japan
Answer Key

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

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