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What Kind of Radiation are you?

Radioactive atoms are those whose nucleus is unstable, which ultimately comes from the balance of protons and neutrons. Radiation consists of mainly alpha particles, beta particles, and gamma rays; which one are you?

Quiz Questions

  • 1.
    What is your mass?
    • A.
      4 AMU
      (Correlates to: Alpha Particle)
    • B.
      ~0 AMU
      (Correlates to: Beta Particle)
    • C.
      Exactly 0 AMU
      (Correlates to: Gamma Ray)
  • 2.
    What is your charge?
    • A.
      0+
      (Correlates to: Gamma Ray)
    • B.
      2+
      (Correlates to: Alpha Particle)
    • C.
      1-
      (Correlates to: Beta Particle)
  • 3.
    Which of these do you most closely resemble?
    • A.
      A Helium-4 atom
      (Correlates to: Alpha Particle)
    • B.
      An electron
      (Correlates to: Beta Particle)
  • 4.
    Can you penetrate through a sheet of paper?
    • A.
      Yes
      (Correlates to: Beta Particle, Gamma Ray)
    • B.
      No
      (Correlates to: Alpha Particle)
  • 5.
    Can you penetrate through a sheet of Aluminum?
    • A.
      Yes
      (Correlates to: Gamma Ray)
    • B.
      No
      (Correlates to: Alpha Particle, Beta Particle)
  • 6.
    When your decay occurs, does the nucleus emit a ray of energy or a particle?
    • A.
      A ray of energy
      (Correlates to: Gamma Ray)
    • B.
      A particle
      (Correlates to: Alpha Particle, Beta Particle)
  • 7.
    How does your decay affect the nucleus in terms of protons?
    • A.
      The atomic number increases by 1
      (Correlates to: Beta Particle)
    • B.
      The atomic number does not change
      (Correlates to: Gamma Ray)
    • C.
      The atomic number decreases by 2
      (Correlates to: Alpha Particle)
  • 8.
    Is your particle a new element?
    • A.
      Yes
      (Correlates to: Alpha Particle)
    • B.
      No
      (Correlates to: Beta Particle, Gamma Ray)

Quiz Outcomes

  • 1.
    Alpha Particle
    You are an Alpha Particle! During Alpha decay, unstable nuclei will lose an alpha particle - a Helium-4 atom. Alpha rays are the weakest and can be stopped by a sheet of paper.
  • 2.
    Beta Particle
    You are a beta particle! Beta decay occurs in an unstable nucleus where one electron will leave the atom, increasing it's atomic number by 1 and it's charge by +1.
  • 3.
    Gamma Ray
    Rather than being a particle like alpha or beta particles, you are a Gamma Ray! Gamma rays are penetrating rays of electromagnetic radiation emitted after radioactive decay in a nucleus. You are so powerful that you can go through human skin, making you very dangerous! You can only be stopped by large amounts of lead or concrete.