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Solution: An atomic nucleus at rest decays radioactively into an alpha particle and a smaller nucleus. What will be the speed of this recoiling nucleus if the speed of the alpha particle is 2.6×105 m/s? Assume the recoiling nucleus has a mass 57 times greater than that of the alpha particle.

Problem

An atomic nucleus at rest decays radioactively into an alpha particle and a smaller nucleus. What will be the speed of this recoiling nucleus if the speed of the alpha particle is 2.6×105 m/s? Assume the recoiling nucleus has a mass 57 times greater than that of the alpha particle.