Problem: Determine whether or not the following nuclide is likely to be stable: Sn-102.

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We have to determine whether Sn-102 is likely to be stable or not.


We will look up the atomic number (Z) of Sn (Tin) from the periodic table. Z = 50

The stability of a nuclide can be determined by looking at various factors such as the neutron to proton ratio.

Stable nuclides have a neutron-to-proton ratio close to 1.

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Determine whether or not the following nuclide is likely to be stable: Sn-102.

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