Problem: Rank alpha particles, beta particles, positrons, and gamma rays in terms of increasing penetrating power.

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We’re being asked to determine which particle has the most penetrating power rank 


The different types of particles are:

alpha particle:  42α (atomic mass = 4, atomic number = 2, positively charged)

beta particle:  0–1β (atomic mass = 0, atomic number = –1, negatively charged)

gamma particle:  00γ (atomic mass = 0, atomic number = 0, no charge)

positron particle:  01e (atomic mass = 0, atomic number = 1, positively charged)

neutron: 10n (atomic mass = 1, atomic number = 0, neutral)


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Rank alpha particles, beta particles, positrons, and gamma rays in terms of increasing penetrating power.

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