Basic information and a few of our favorite references to help you and your students understand radiation science

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RadiationAnswers.org

RadiationAnswers.org is a website that contains simple, factual, easy-to-understand information about radiation, radiation sources, radiation exposure, and radiation myths.

HPS Fact Sheets

HPS Fact Sheets are peer-reviewed scientific short papers (just a few pages) that explain radiation-related topics of current interest in easy-to-understand language. Each fact sheet includes references to support the information included.

Radiation Terms and Definitions

A lengthy list of radiation-related terms with brief, simple definitions.

Basic Reference Materials

  1. Understanding Radiation in Our World. This publication from the U.S. National Safety Council provides a very good introduction to radiation science concepts, uses of radiation, and the societal issues inherent to the use of radioactive material.
  2. Understanding Radiation. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has developed a website that provides very good information about radiation and radioactivity. Information about health effects and radiation protection standards are also included on this site.
  3. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency maintains a site for teachers and students that contains a lot of good basic information on radiation and radiation safety.
  4. The International Atomic Energy Agency offers a series of FAQs and fact sheets about a number of radiation-related topics.