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

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

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