Chemistry
posted by Pernell on .
Complete each of the following nuclear equations:
a. 239/92U  ? + o/1e
b. 11/5B  7/3Li + ?
thank you!

No arrow makes the equations difficult to read. I hope I interpreted the question correctly.
_{92}U^{239} ==> X + _{1}e^{0}
The subscripts must add up on both sides and the superscripts must add up on both sides. On the left, we have 92 protons (+ charge) for U and on the right we have 1; therefore, X must be an element with 93 [because +93 +(1) = +92)]. For the superscripts, we have 239 on the left and 0 on the right; therefore, the element X must have a mass number of 239 (239+0=239). What is element X? Look on the periodic chart for element number 93. That is Np. Therefore, we write that as
_{93}Np^{239}
I know the mass number is supposed to go in the upper left corner but since it is difficult to write both a subscript and a superscript in the same spot with a computer, I placed the atomic number as a subscript in the correct place and used the upper right corner for the mass number since we don't need to worry about the charge on the U or Np.