This is an in-class discussion of an article that appeared in The Economist. It can be used to review several topics covered in the first year chemistry class.
In answering these questions students will be able to:
Articulate how fission work
Use the periodic table to predict properties
Compare and contrast units of radiation
Apply their understanding of nuclear chemistry to nuclear disasters.
Evaluate scientific evidence publish in non-scientific publications
This is a literature discussion activity for a second semester general chemistry course, I have also used this paper in an environmental insights and investigation course in the Honors Program at my school.
Students get the assignment two days prior to the class discussion.