Spring 2019 - NUSC 346 LA01

Radiochemistry Laboratory (3)

Class Number: 8134

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Jan 3 – Apr 8, 2019: Mon, 1:30–5:20 p.m.

  • Prerequisites:

    NUSC 341 with a minimum grade of C-.



Introduction to the techniques of radiochemistry; proportional and Geiger counters; sample preparations and half-life measurement; synthesis and separation of labelled compounds; beta and gamma-ray spectroscopy. Quantitative.


4 lab hours/week; 1 lecture hour/week on Thursdays at 12:30pm

General Course Description: Introduction to the techniques of radiochemistry; counting techniques, sample preparations and half-life measurements; use of radioactive tracers; alpha, beta and gamma-ray spectroscopy; techniques related to nuclear processes.

Students are required to perform the first nine experiments listed below. The last two experiments consist of lecture/demonstration and some data collection in groups. A written report corresponding to each experiment is to be submitted within two weeks of performance of that experiment.

Week Experiment Topics
1 No Exp. Radiation Safety - Information Session
2 Exp. 1 Introduction to Radiation Detectors
3 Exp. 2 Statistical Aspects of Nuclear Decay
4 Exp. 3 Preparation of Radioactive Sources; Beta Back-Scattering
5 Exp. 4 Self-Absorption
6 Exp. 5 Isotope Dilution. Quantitative Determination of Zinc
7 Exp. 6 Quantitative Determination of Cobalt
8 Exp. 7 Fast Radiochemical Separation: Transient and Secular Equilibrium
9 Exp. 8 Liquid Scintillation Counting and Quench Correction
10 Exp. 9 Exchange Kinetics Through Ion-Selective Membrane Using a Radioactive Label
11   Exp. 10 Preparation of a Thin Alpha Source


  • Laboratory Reports 85%
  • Laboratory Notebook 5%
  • Performance during Experimental Work 10%


There will be no final exam.



  • Lab coats and safety glasses/goggles are mandatory for all NUSC labs.
  • A laboratory manual with full descriptions of experiments will be provided.

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