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Steven S. Zumdahl
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9th Edition
Steven S. Zumdahl
ISBN: 9781133611097
Textbook Problem

Uranium-235 undergoes many different fission reactions. For one such reaction, when 235U is struck with a neutron, 144Ce and 90Sr are produced along with some neutrons and electrons. How many neutrons and β-particles are produced in this fission reaction?

Interpretation Introduction

Interpretation: The number of neutrons and β particles emitted when 235U is struck with a neutron is to be calculated.

Concept introduction: A process through which a unstable nuclide looses its energy due to excess of protons or neutrons is known as radioactive decay. The cause of instability of a nuclide is its inefficiency in holding the nucleus together.

To determine: The number of neutrons and β particles emitted when 235U is struck with a neutron.

Explanation

Explanation

The fission process of 235U into 144Ce and 90Sr is given below.

92235U+01n58144Ce+38

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