Posted by J. J. on Friday, June 3, 2011 at 4:32pm.
In the radioactive formula
235 U → 235 Np + X, what does X represent
A. An Alpha Particle
B. A positron
C. An electron
D. A gamma ray
Please help ASAP!!! Thank you :D
Physics - drwls, Friday, June 3, 2011 at 5:52pm
Good grief. Thinbk about it.
If the atomic weight doesn't change, it can't be emitting an alpha particle. They have four nucleons in each one.
Instead, one of the neutrons in the U235 turns into an (emitted) electron or positron and a proton, with nearly zero mass change.
Now you figure out which it is. The atomic charge of the remaining nucleus must increase by 1.
Physics - Anonymous, Friday, June 3, 2011 at 6:39pm
Physics - drwls, Friday, June 3, 2011 at 6:41pm
Anonymous: if you are trying to help, you aren't succeeding
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