Investigating Radiation Shielding

Students will investigate the amount of shielding needed to block the passage of various types of ionizing radiation produced by the decay of radioactive isotopes. Students will use the results of these studies to analyze the effectiveness of various engineering attempts to contain such radiation and the risks of radiation escaping into the environment.

Author
Steven Pruitt and John Wagner
Organization Affiliation
Clemson University, SE MAPS
Time
50-minute class
Grade Level