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Steven S. Zumdahl
ISBN: 9781133611097

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Chemistry

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

Consider the following information:

i. The layer of dead skin on our bodies is sufficient to protect us from most α-particle radiation.

ii. Plutonium is an α-particle producer.

iii. The chemistry of Pu4+ is similar to that of Fe3+.

iv. Pu oxidizes readily to Pu4+.

Why is plutonium one of the most toxic substances known?

Interpretation Introduction

Interpretation: Reason for plutonium being one of the most toxic substances, on the basis of the given information, is to be stated.

Concept introduction: Plutonium in any form is radioactively toxic. It undergoes radioactive decay by emitting alpha particles that are harmful to the human body. It is dispersed widely into the environment through nuclear weapons testing. It remains in the lungs by inhalation and thus passes into the blood.

Explanation

Explanation

To determine: The reason for plutonium being one of the most toxic substances.

Plutonium and its compounds are toxic due to their radioactivity. It increases the risk of cancer...

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