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

Breeder reactors are used to convert the nonfissionable nuclide U 92 238 to a fissionable product. Neutron capture of the U 92 238 is followed by two successive beta decays. What is the final fissionable product?

Interpretation Introduction

Interpretation: The final fissionable product of neutron capture of the 92238U is to be stated.

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. 92238U is non fissionable. Breeder reactors are used to convert it into fissionable product.

To determine: The final fissionable product of neutron capture of the 92238U .

Explanation

Explanation

The neutron capture of 235U is,

92238U+01n93239Np+10e

A beta particle production decay involves the production of a beta particle (10e) that is assigned the mass number zero.

Atomic number assigned to neutron is zero

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