Do you know where the background radiation comes from?
Background Radiation Quiz
This quiz is relevant for Edexcel Combined Science and Physics students, as well as AQA Physics (Separate Science) students.
All other courses (AQA and OCR) do not contain material about background radiation and can skip this quiz.
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What is the single largest source of background radiation?CorrectIncorrect
What is background radiation?CorrectIncorrect
Where does naturally occurring radon gas come from?CorrectIncorrect
Radon gas diffuses out of soil and rocks and may build up in houses. What steps can we take to reduce the risk of radon gas in the home?CorrectIncorrect
Which factors affect the amount of radon in the air?CorrectIncorrect
Why do some foods, such as bananas, contribute to your exposure to background radiation?CorrectIncorrect
What are cosmic rays?CorrectIncorrect
Which device do we usually use to measure the radioactivity of a source?CorrectIncorrect
Redirects, vaporises, ionises
Complete the sentence: Radiation passing through a Geiger-Müller tube gas inside it and allows a short pulse of current to flow.
A GM tube is often connected to a counter which clicks each time radiation is detected. What do we call the number of clicks per second or minute?CorrectIncorrect
Scientists measuring a radioactive source would also be measuring background radiation. How would scientists accurately measure the radioactivity of a source whilst ignoring the influence of background radiation?CorrectIncorrect