# Problem: The following nuclei are observed to decay by emitting an α particle: 212/84Po Part AWrite out the decay process for 212/84Po.Part BDetermine the energy released in this reaction. Be sure to take into account the mass of the electrons associated with the neutral atoms.

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For an α-decay, the mass number of the nucleus is always reduced by 4 and the charge number reduced by 2 for the given nucleus.

The energy released in the reaction:

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Part A

For an α - decay, we have the decay process for 212/84Po as:

84Po2122He4 + 82Pb208 + ΔE

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The following nuclei are observed to decay by emitting an α particle: 212/84Po

Part A

Write out the decay process for 212/84Po.

Part B

Determine the energy released in this reaction. Be sure to take into account the mass of the electrons associated with the neutral atoms.