Problem: Co-56 undergoes positron decay. What is the product nucleus? a. Co-55b. Fe-56c. Ni-56d. Ni-55e. Fe- 55

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We are being asked to identify the product nucleus when Co-56 undergoes positron decay.

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

positron emission occurs when an unstable nucleus ejects a positron to create a new element

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Co-56 undergoes positron decay. What is the product nucleus? 

a. Co-55

b. Fe-56

c. Ni-56

d. Ni-55

e. Fe- 55

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