Problem: The nuclide 247 Es can be made by bombardment of 238 U in a reaction that emits five neutrons.Identify the bombarding particle.

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We’re being asked to determine the particle that is used to bombard 238U to produce 247Es and five neutrons:

The reaction ca be written as:

U92238 +? 5 n01 + Es99247

*The numbers written in below the mass numbers are the atomic numbers of each element and can be found on the periodic table.


Nuclear Fission is the splitting of a heavy nucleus to form two or lighter ones.

Heavy (large atomic mass) elements undergo radioactive reactions  (nuclear reactions) in order to increase the stability of their nuclei. 


The particle in the reaction can be represented as:

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The nuclide 247 Es can be made by bombardment of 238 U in a reaction that emits five neutrons.

Identify the bombarding particle.

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