Problem: Write a partial decay series for Th-232 undergoing the following sequential decays: alphaα, β, β, α

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We need to determine the product that forms during the decay of the initial nuclide.


Recall that in a nuclear reaction, the number of protons and neutrons is affected and the identity of the element changes


The different types of radioactive decay are:

• Alpha decay: forms an alpha particle (42α, atomic mass = 4, atomic number = 2)

• Beta decay: forms a beta particle (0–1β, atomic mass = 0, atomic number = –1). The beta particle appears in the product side.

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Write a partial decay series for Th-232 undergoing the following sequential decays: α, β, β, α

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