Introductory Chemistry: A Foundati...

9th Edition
Steven S. Zumdahl + 1 other
ISBN: 9781337399425



Introductory Chemistry: A Foundati...

9th Edition
Steven S. Zumdahl + 1 other
ISBN: 9781337399425
Textbook Problem

. Explain why, although gamma rays are far more penetrating than alpha particles, the latter are actually more likely to cause damage to an organism. Which radiation is more effective at causing ionization of biomolecules?

Interpretation Introduction


Why gamma particles show more penetration than alpha particles and damage the organism should be explained. The radiation which is more effective in ionization of the biomolecules should be determined.

Concept Introduction:

The radioactive decay is the decay of the unstable nuclide to the stable nuclide.

If a decay results in lower energy state and emission of gamma ray photon takes place, the process is called gamma decay.

Alpha decay is the decay in which mass number is decreases by 4 and atomic number is decreases by two and emission of He atom takes place.


These types of radiations are used in medical purposes such as radiation therapy used to kill the cancerous cells. The nature of Gamma rays is highly penetrating...

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