Problem: Identify X in the following nuclear transmutation:  X(α,n)126Ca) 136Cb) 92Hec) 115Bd) 146Ce) 94Be

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Nuclear transmutation is changing one nuclide (chemical element) or an isotope into another chemical element.

A shorthand notation is used to represent nuclear transmutations lists the target nucleus, the bombarding particle and the ejected particle in parentheses, then the product nucleus.


Given: __ (α,n) 126C

*let’s use X to represent the missing species

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Identify X in the following nuclear transmutation:  X(α,n)126C

a) 136C

b) 92He

c) 115B

d) 146C

e) 94Be

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