Experimental set-up for part A
Datalogger for the Geiger counter (output goes to a laptop in actual experiments)
Radiation measurement set-up for part A
Experimental set-up for part B
Radioactive sources for part B
Fume cupboard where the radioactive material will be distributed from
How to determine the half life of a radioactive isotope
About materials which undergo radioactive decay
How to produce visible tracks caused by a particle decay and recorded images of them
How to assess and represent graphically uncertainties in randomly occurring events
How to transfer data from the Cassy software to Excel
How to convert raw experimental data to Poisson and Gaussian curves using Excel
To keep and submit a clearly laid out set of laboratory notes
Safety is a particular concern in this section due to the use of radioactive sources. Be sure to follow these guidelines and requirements to the letter. Note that some of the regulations are statutory in UK law. Failure to follow these rules may have serious consequences.
Please use this generic safety information in conjunction with additional information given here.
The script for this experiment can be found in the lab script book or on DUO.