Problem: Closely examine the following diagram representing the beta decay of fluorine-21 and write the missing nucleus.

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We are being asked to identify the missing isotope in the nuclear reaction given.

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

• In a radioactive decay or emission reaction:

the radioactive particle is ejected from the nucleus
forms a product.  

• A beta decay or beta emission 

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Closely examine the following diagram representing the beta decay of fluorine-21 and write the missing nucleus.The reaction of the beta decay of flourine twenty one. The initial nucleus has a mass of twenty one and an atomic number of nine. The products include an electron and an unknown nucleus.