Concept: Understanding Nuclear Reactions.

# Problem: Identify the product of radioactive decay and classify the given nuclear reactions accordingly.146Ca → 147N + ?

###### FREE Expert Solution

We’re being asked to identify the product and determine the type of radioactive decay.

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: forms an alpha particle (42α, atomic mass = 4, atomic number = 2)

• Beta decay: forms a beta particle (0–1β, atomic mass = 0, atomic number = –1). The beta particle appears in the product side.

• Gamma emission: forms a gamma particle (00γ, atomic mass = 0, atomic number = 0)

• Positron emission: forms a positron particle (01e, atomic mass = 0, atomic number = 1)

• Electron capture: the initial nuclide captures an electron (0–1e, atomic mass = 0, atomic number = –1). The electron appears in the reactant side.

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###### Problem Details

Identify the product of radioactive decay and classify the given nuclear reactions accordingly.

146Ca  147N + ?