Problem: In the sketch below, the red spheres represent protons and the gray spheres represent neutrons.Based on its atomic number and mass number, do you think the product nucleus is stable or radioactive?

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In the sketch below, the red spheres represent protons and the gray spheres represent neutrons.

Particle 1 (5 protons and 5 neutrons) plus particle 2 (one neutron) goes to particle 3 (3 protons and 4 neutrons) plus particle 4 (2 protons and 2 neutrons).

Based on its atomic number and mass number, do you think the product nucleus is stable or radioactive?

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