In this activity, students will complete a short series of questions as they watch the Founders of Chemistry video about Lise Meitner. The video tells the story of Lise Meitner, a pioneering female scientist in the field of nuclear chemistry, who was denied a Nobel Prize but has an Element named in her honor.
High and Middle School
By the end of this activity, students should be able to
- Describe Lise Meitner’s contribution to chemistry.
- Indicate that nuclear fission is a process that helped develop future nuclear developments, such as nuclear energy and weapons.
- Briefly describe how fission is related to Einstein’s equation, E=mc2.
This activity supports students’ understanding of
- Nuclear Chemistry
- Radioactive Isotypes
- Atomic Structure
- Atomic Theory
- Subatomic Particles
- History of Chemistry
Teacher Preparation: minimal
Lesson: 10 minutes
- Student Handout
- Projector with Volume
- Access to the Lise Meitner Video
- AACT Student Video Pass (optional)
- No specific safety precautions need to be observed for this activity.
- The Lise Meitner video was developed as part of the AACT original video series, Founders of Chemistry. The entire series can be found here.
- The running time of this video is 4 minutes and 50 seconds.
- This video is intended for students to watch, and for teachers to integrate into their curriculum.
- The student questions/answers are presented in sequential order in the video.
- An answer key has also been provided for teacher reference.
For the Student
While watching the Founders of Chemistry Video about Lise Meitner, answer the following questions:
- Lise Meitner helped discover the process of nuclear fission. What are the two nuclear developments made possible by her discovery?
- Why did Meitner attend private school throughout her life?
- What scientific development was Max Planck responsible for?
- What element did Meitner and Hahn discover together?
- Meitner and other scientists experimented with Uranium by bombarding the element with neutrons. What were the scientists hoping to discover?
- The process of fission supports a famous equation, and scientist. What is the equation, and who is the scientist?
- Is energy absorbed or released during an exothermic reaction?
- What atomic number is Meitnerium, the element named after Meitner?