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Solution: The diagram shown below illustrates a fission process.What is the unidentified product of the fission?

Problem

The diagram shown below illustrates a fission process.

The diagram shows fission, in which Superscript 1 Subscript 0 Baseline n reacts with Superscript 239 Subscript 94 Baseline Pu to yield Superscript 95 Subscript 40 Baseline Zr, two Superscript 1 Subscript 0 Baseline n, and an unidentified particle.



What is the unidentified product of the fission?

Solution

We’re being asked to determine the unidentified product of the fission.

Nuclear Fission is the splitting of a heavy nucleus to form two or lighter ones. Neutron-induced fission is when you shoot a neutron particle at the nucleus and that’s what splits the nucleus into smaller ones. 


Recall that elements can be represented as:

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