Radioactivity Lab

Go-lab approved
Lab type: 
Remote lab
Lab owner: 
University of Queensland
Contact person: 
Danilo Garbi Zutin
Age range: 
14-16, 16-18, >18
Language: 
English, German, Spanish, Dutch, Portuguese
Level of difficulty: 
Medium
Level of interaction: 
Medium
Booking required: 
No
 
Lab description and primary aims of the lab: 

The Radioactivity Lab examines the intensity of radiation over distance, demonstrating the effects of the inverse square law. Students investigate the intensity of radiation being emitted from a radioactive Strontium-90 source, by setting distances at which a Geiger counter measures radiation, and collecting radioactive particle counts at each of these distances. A table holding the radioactive source is rotated until the source is aligned with a hole in a thick lead plate. The head holding the Geiger-Muller tube is moved to these distances from the radioactive source. Students receive data in the form of a .csv file to be analyzed in Microsoft Excel, or a similar data analysis tool.

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