Problem: What is the daughter nucleus produced when 103(Mo) undergoes beta decay?

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Recall that in a nuclear reaction, the number of protons and neutrons are affected and the identity of the element changes. For Beta decay: forms a beta particle (0–1β, atomic mass = 0, atomic number = –1). The beta particle appears in the product side.


The incomplete nuclear equation is:

10342 Mo  ___ + 0–1β,


Atomic mass of the daughter nuclide:

103 = x + 0

x = 103 – 0103


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What is the daughter nucleus produced when 103(Mo) undergoes beta decay?

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