For this problem, fill in the blank for the statement: Alpha decay produces a new nucleus whose _____ than those respectively of the original nucleus.
Recall that in a nuclear reaction, the number of protons and neutrons is affected and the identity of the element changes.
The different types of radioactive decay are:
Alpha decay produces a new nucleus whose _____ than those respectively of the original nucleus.
a. mass number is 1 more
b. mass number is 1 less
c. atomic number is 2 less and mass number is 4 less
d. atomic number is 1 more
e. atomic number is 2 less
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