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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

Americium-240 is made by bombarding plutonium-239 with α particles. In addition to 240Am, the products are a proton and two neutrons. Write a balanced equation for this process.

Interpretation Introduction

Interpretation: Americium240 is made by bombarding plutonium -239 with α particles. The balanced equation for this nuclear reaction has to be given.

Concept Introduction:

Nuclear reaction is a physical process in which there is a change in identity of an atomic nucleus. Natural radioactive decays, artificial radioactive decays... are considered as nuclear reactions because these processes make changes in the identity of an atomic nucleus.

Bombardment of particles to the atoms can also make changes in an atomic nucleus. And these processes are completed by the emission of various particles with atom with less energy than the parent atom.

92235U+01n3692Kr+56141Ba+301n

In a balanced nuclear equation mass number and charges are conserved.

Explanation

Plutonium239 is an unstable isotope with an atomic number and mass number of 94 and 239 respectively.

Bombardment of α particles to the Plutonium239 yields Americium240, proton and two neutrons.

In a balanced nuclear equation mass number and charges are conserved

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