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) Two of the answers are correct.
C) Is used determine the age of living organisms.
D) Is used to determine once living materials.
  • 2. What radioactive isotope is used for determining the age of once living material up to the age of about 50,000 years.
A) 14C
B) 13C
C) 12C
D) 238U
  • 3. What is a decay chain?
A) Shows the path of radioactive decay from stable isotope to unstable isotope.
B) None of the answers are correct.
C) Shows the path of radioactive decay from unstable isotope to stable isotope.
D) Shows all the stable and unstable isotopes of the elements.
  • 4. Where does radon come from?
A) From the walls of basements.
B) From the atmosphere.
C) None of the answers are correct.
D) It is a naturally occuring isotope in the decay chain of 238U.
  • 5. Both nuclear fusion and nuclear fission give off tremendous quantities of energy because:
A) both convert mass directly to energy.
B) the energy absorbed to form the new nucleus is very great.
C) the electrons in oribit around the nucleus are released into space.
D) in both, different nuclei are formed.
  • 6. Nuclear fission 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.
  • 7. Nuclear fussion is:
A) an atom gaining a proton.
B) the splitting of an atom into smaller atoms.
C) two smaller atoms joining together to form a larger atom.
D) an atom losing an electron.
  • 8. Which statement is false about nuclear weapons?
A) The atomic bomb uses nuclear fission, while the hydrogen bomb uses nuclear fussion.
B) The hydrogen bomb is more powerful than the atomic bomb.
C) Both of the answers are false
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) Chernobyl, Ukraine
B) Nagasaki, Japan
C) Three-Mile Island, Harrisburg, Pennsylvaina
D) Hiroshima, Japan
Answer Key

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

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