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Hundreds of years ago, alchemists tried to turn lead into gold. Is this transformation possible? If not, why not? If yes, how would you do it?

Interpretation Introduction

Interpretation:

Interpret the conversion of lead to gold.

Concept Introduction:

The decaying of an atom takes place by three type of decay such as alpha decay, beta decay, gama decay.

In alpha decay, an alpha particle with mass 4m and electron 2e removed from nuclide while in beta decay two type of decay are possible beta (+) and beta (-). In gamma decay, nuclide will remain same to the original one.

Explanation

Lead get converted to an atom with mass 195 through the process of 3 alpha decay. Now this particle undergoes beta decay to produce gold with mass 196 and 79 atomic number.

82Pb207     76X195+ 3

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