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Chemistry & Chemical Reactivity

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John C. Kotz + 3 others
ISBN: 9781337399074

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Chemistry & Chemical Reactivity

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

How is Figure 25.3 used to predict the type of decomposition for unstable (radioactive) isotopes?

Interpretation Introduction

INTERPRETATION:

The type of decomposition for unstable radioactive isotopes has to be figured out from the band of stability.

CONCEPT INTRODUCTION:

The graph between number of protons and number of neutrons it shows the different isotopes that is stable and unstable isotopes.

Explanation

Unstable isotopes are radioactive elements. It is the graph drawn between protons and neutrons it decomposition takes place as positron emission, beta emission and alpha emission. In positron emission, a neutron/ proton ratio is higher.  Positron emission also called electron capture. In Beta emission, neutron/proton ratio is lower.  In this alpha emission, possess lower atomic number.

Take the number of protons on X-axis or horizontal axis and take the number of neutrons on Y-axis or vertical axis...

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