Project #22 (Chapter 5 Atomic Nucleus + Section 17.3)


Watch the Nat Geo Film:


1. Nat Geo: Electronic Armageddon(2010):

2. record Notes

3. Summarize with one page paper with your
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                       National Geographic Explorer Series:

Electronic Armageddon (50:00 minutes)

Editorial Reviews

Based on Richard Muller's book, Physics for Future Presidents, National Geographic investigates the science behind the dangers of a high-altitude electromagnetic pulse, or HEMP. Picture an instantaneous deathblow to the vital engines that power our society, delivered by a nuclear weapon designed not to kill humans but to attack electronics. What could happen if an electromagnetic pulse surged to earth, crippling every aspect of modern society's infrastructure, including our especially vulnerable electrical grid?

Beyond the remote potential for terrorists or a rogue state deploying a nuclear HEMP, most experts agree that another source of an EMP-the sun-is inevitable. Now, get a full presidential briefing to understand what could be the electronic Armageddon in one of the world's most wired countries.

Full Video U-Tube (50:00 Minutes)

(45:43 Minutes)

A follow-up video: National geographic - "After Armageddon"


1:27:23 (Not required-but interesting)


News Story:

Electronic Armageddon: How An EMP Bomb Would Be A Deathblow To Life As We Know It (VIDEO)

Huffington Post Story  Bianca Bosker,  Executive Tech Editor

Earlier this month, NASA warned that as the Sun wakes up from its “deep slumber,” a massive solar storm could wreak havoc on our electronics, from satellites to the electrical grid, causing damages up to 20 times the cost of Hurricane Katrina.

But the Sun isn’t the only threat to our electronic lifeline. National Geographic explorers the risk and consequences of the “electronic Armageddon” that could be caused by an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) bomb.

An EMP bomb, National Geographic explains, is “a bomb that’s designed to go above the atmosphere and release huge amounts of energy,” some of which in the form of gamma rays. Such a weapon would cripple electronics, but not kill people.

“In less than a billionth of a second, the electrical intensity on Earth’s surface would become so hot that microchips would fry, power lines would overload and the electric grid would collapse,” says National Geographic, describing . “Everything with microelectronics in it would stop: your car, your computer, the subway. There would be no electricity.”

Learn more about what would happen if an EMP bomb were ever detonated in the video below, then find out more about solar flares.







This is more physics than chemistry, but chapter 5 studies the nucleus: protons and neutrons and energy




Electronic Armageddon Film Notes:

What is this most powerful weapon you may never heard about?



What does it destroy?


Where can it come from?


What is an EMP?



What do the people feel if exposed to an EMP?



What is E-6 Mercury and what does it do?



To separate the physics from the fiction Dr, Richard Muller, physics explains:



 A Bomb that creats an EMP must explode where?



What is the difference between an X-Ray and a Gamma Ray?




When Gamma Ray hits the Air molecules, O2 and N2 , what happens? How long does it take?



What are the two sources of an EMP?



Is this the weapon of MASS Destruction? What is the twist? What must happen, where would this EMP bob be exploded and what would be the size need to destroy the United States?




One in 50 Americans know about an EMP, what % of the people in a rogue nation know?




What was Starfish Prime?  When? Russia Operation K?





 Tube versus microchips?



How long can we survive without electricity? How long will it take to replace the transformers that power our electric grid?



How long will the daily average food supply last without electricity?




What happens to our water supply?




What is a faraday cage?




How do you stop an EMP from the sun?  


Describe Auroras in 1859 at the equator?



What is a geomagnetic storm?  In 1989 a Geomagnetic storm occurred where?



  Massive Solar storms:  solar flares and Corolla Mass Ejection, CME,  triggers Solar storms .





Do you know what the Magnetosphere is?



Will all cars run?



How much water is the daily need of a person?  What is the daily need for food for a person? How do we get food and water?




Do back up generators work? If they do how long can they run? Where do you get the fuel to run them?




The final question is:
Now that we know what can happen, what should we do?