CE  Vol.3 No.5 , September 2012
Radioactive Branching Using Dice
Author(s) Sarmistha Sahu*
ABSTRACT
Dice rolling (Emeric,1997) is a useful pedagogical tool (Arthur & Ian,2012; Todd, Clifton, Ingrid, Zdravko,2006)) to introduce students to the concepts and essential features of radioactivity. It can be extended to explain radioactive branching. In the process, the students learn about half life, decay constant and activity of a radioactive substance. Terms like stochastic processes, probability of decay, statistical fluctuations, and mutually exclusive processes; becomes clear in this process.

Cite this paper
Sahu, S. (2012). Radioactive Branching Using Dice. Creative Education, 3, 671-673. doi: 10.4236/ce.2012.35099.
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