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

Which do you think would be the greater health hazard; the release of a radioactive nuclide of Sr or a radioactive nuclide of Xe into the environment? Assume the amount of radioactivity is the same in each case. Explain your answer on the basis of the chemical properties of Sr and Xe. Why are the chemical properties of a radioactive substance important in assessing its potential health hazards?

Interpretation Introduction

Interpretation: Between the release of a radioactive nuclide of Sr and a radioactive nuclide of Xe , the greater health hazard for the environment is to be stated. Reason for the importance of chemical properties of a radioactive substance in assessing its potential health hazard is to be stated.

Concept introduction: Sr does not possess radioactive properties but its isotope 90Sr has high radioactive properties and it undergoes beta decay. It causes damage to humans as well as to the environment.

To determine: The more hazardous nuclide and importance of chemical properties of radioactive substance in assessing its potential health hazard.

Explanation

Explanation

Decay of both Sr and Xe is harmful but the radioactive nuclide of Sr possesses greater health hazard.

The radioactive nuclide 90Sr is most harmful when it is ingested with water, food and by inhalation

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