We’re being asked to predict the most likely mode of decay for the radioactive isotope Kr-74.
Recall that the stability of an isotope depends on the ratio of neutrons to protons (N/Z). This means for stable isotopes with:
• Z ≤ 20; the N/Z ratio should be equal to 1.0
• 20 < Z ≤ 40; the N/Z ratio should be equal to 1.25
• 40 < Z ≤ 80; the N/Z ratio should be equal to 1.50
• Z < 83; the stable nuclide does not exist
The N/Z values for stable isotopes form the valley or band of stability:
Write a nuclear equation for the most likely mode of decay for each of the following unstable nuclides.
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