Nuclear Energy Crossword Puzzle

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  • cloud chamber: used to detect nuclear particles as a visible path of droplets
  • bubble chamber: uses tracks of bubbles to detect radiation
  • alpha particle: comprised of two protons and two neutrons
  • geiger counter: device that produces an electric current when radiation is present
  • gamma rays: electromagnetic waves with high-frequency energy
  • tracer: a radioisotope used to find or track molecules in an organism
  • critical mass: amount of fissionable material required for a fission reaction to produce one or more fission reactions
  • fission: process of splitting a nucleus into two nuclei with smaller masses
  • beta particle: high-speed electron emitted from a nucleus
  • half-life: amount of time it takes for half the nuclei in a radioactive sample to decay
  • strong force: causes protons and neutrons to be attracted to each other
  • radioactivity: the release of matter and energy from nuclear decay
  • fusion: combines two smaller nuclei to make a larger nucleus
  • transmutations: process of changing one element to another through nuclear decay
  • chain reaction: an ongoing series of fission reactions