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Chemistry & Chemical Reactivity

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John C. Kotz + 3 others
ISBN: 9781337399074

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John C. Kotz + 3 others
ISBN: 9781337399074
Textbook Problem

The thorium-232 radioactive decay series, beginning with 90 232 Th and ending with 82 208 Pb , occurs in the following sequence: α, β, β, α, α, α, α, β, β, α Write an equation for each step in this series.

Interpretation Introduction

Interpretation:

The equation is to be written for the radioactive decay series Thorium-232 to Pb-207.

Concept introduction:

In this radioactive decay process the unstable isotopes loses their energy by emitting radiation. It is converted in to stable isotopes. The emitting radiations are Alpha emission and Beta emission.

β − decay (electron emission): -10β

α − decay (Helium nuclei emission): 24He

Explanation

The radioactive decay series beginning with Th-232 and ending with Pb-208 is as follows.

(Thorium232αRadium228βActinium228βThorium228αlead212αpolonium216αRadon220αRadium224β)

(Bismuth212

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