7D10.13 - Radioactive vs. Irradiated Salt

Radioactive salt

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PIRA Classification: 7D10.13

Description: Irradiated salt (NaCl) (Click here for details) and salt substitute (KCl) are shown to the class. A Geiger counter is used to show that the KCl is slightly radioactive, but the irradiated salt (which is orange-brown in color) is not. Pour a small amount of the irradiated salt on a hot plate. It will glow momentarily and then turn back to the usual white color.

Special Instructions: None

Condition: Ok

Setup time: 3 minutes

Safety Issues: Take care around hot plate