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Radiation is an energy which is transmitted through waves in the air. There are many different types of radiation and some are more harmful than others, however many of are used in everyday life without us realizing.

 Types of Radiation

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Alpha particle

Alpha: can be stopped by paper


   Beta particle

Beta: can penetrate through skin but not bone. gamma ray

  Gamma ray

Gamma: can pass through skin and bones


What can radiation be used for?

Radiation is usually seen as a bad and harmful energy and is commonly linked with cancer. However Alpha Radiation is used in smoke alarms which is used to help and protect people from fires. Beta Radiation is used to find out the thickness of a material that otherwise would be unknown. Gamma rays are used as a way to cure cancer and sterilize medical equipment.

Created by Lewis Sykes