7D10.50 - Half Life - Dice
Place the clear box on the overhead projector and throw a layer of dice with holes into it. Take out all the dice that have light shining through them. Repeat the experiment. Each time you should be able to remove about 1/3 of the dice. If you count the total number of dice used, and the dice removed at each interval, you will be able to calculate the half-life.
- Bill Baird, "Radioactive Decay and Penetration Depth - Why Should There Be an e?", TPT, Vol. 52, #4, Apr. 2014, p. 234.
- Lynda Klein and David Kagan, "'Radio-Active' Learning: Visual Representation of Radioactive Decay Using Dice", TPT, Vol. 48, #1, Jan. 2010, p. 45.
- Art Hobson, "Hands-On Simulation", TPT, Vol. 42, #3, Mar. 2004, p. 132.
- Kenneth E. Jesse, "Computer Simulation of Radioactive Decay", TPT Vol. 41, #9, Dec. 2003, p. 542.
- Ludwik Kowalski, "Simulating Radioactive Decay with Dice", TPT, Vol. 19, #2, Feb. 1981, p. 113, also A Potpourri of Physics Teaching Ideas - Odds and Ends, p. 321.
- John L. Roeder, "Throwing Dice in the Classroom II", TPT, Vol. 18, #4, Apr. 1980, p. 302, also A Potpourri of Physics Teaching Ideas - Odds and Ends, p. 324.
- John L. Roeder, "Throwing Dice in the Classroom", TPT, Vol. 15, #7, Oct. 1977, p. 428, also A Potpourri of Physics Teaching Ideas - Odds and Ends, p. 323.
- R. Castillo, "An Analog of the Half-Life of a Radioactive Element", TPT, Vol. 6, #9, Dec. 1968, p. 467.
- Joseph Priest and James Poth, "Demonstrations for Teaching Nuclear Energy", AJP, Vol. 51, #2, Feb. 1983, p. 185.
- Borislaw Bilash II and David Maiullo, "The Meaning of (Half) Life", A Demo a Day: A Year of Physics Demonstrations, p. 363.
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