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In order to make an element from another element, what would you need to do? For example, how could you make a zinc atom from a copper atom?

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    I don't think that is possible? Is this your own question, or one from a textbook? If a textbook, read the pages in the chapter of the question. Otherwise, your guess is as good as mine, becasue I don't think that that is possible.

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    Yes, it is possible. Alchemists (those guys of long ago) dreamed of procedures to change one element into another; specifically they wanted to change base metals (like lead into gold. They never found the process to do that but modern man has. Adding a neutron to an element sometimes makes the nucleus of that element unstable (shown below is the intermediate in brackets) and it emits an electron. That makes a new element of atomic weight 1 more than that with which we started.
    29Cu64 + 0N1 ===>[29Cu65] ==>30Zn65

    I hope I got the formatting correct.

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    I got the formatting correct but omitted one of the products. In addition to the 30Zn^65, there is an electron emitted. That will be -1eo<sup/>

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    That's -1eo

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