Problem: What is the daughter nucleus produced when 59Cu undergoes positron emission?

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We are being asked to determine the daughter nucleus produced when 59Cu undergoes positron emission.

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 positron emission

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What is the daughter nucleus produced when 59Cu undergoes positron emission?