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An atomic nucleus at rest decays radioactively into an alpha particle and a nucleus smaller than the original. What will be the speed of this recoiling nucleus if the speed of the alpha particle is 1.20E+05 m/s? Assume the recoiling nucleus has a mass 56 times as great as that of the alpha particle.

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  1. momentum=zero
    Malpha*1.20E05=Malpha*56*v
    solve for v.

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