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Posted by on Wednesday, July 13, 2011 at 10:13pm.

In beta decay, why does the atomic number increase by 1?

  • chemistry - , Wednesday, July 13, 2011 at 10:32pm

    A neutron, in simple terms, becomes an electron and a proton. So the mass stays essentially the same, the number of protons increase by 1 which means the atomic number increases by 1, and the electron is ejected.

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