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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

10th Edition
John C. Kotz + 3 others
ISBN: 9781337399074
Textbook Problem

Cobalt-60, used as a source of high-energy gamma radiation in medical procedures, is made in a nuclear reactor by neutron irradiation of cobalt-59. Write an equation for this reaction.

Interpretation Introduction

INTERPRETATION:

The equation for the given nuclear process has to be written.

CONCEPT INTRODUCTION:

Balancing nuclear reaction equation: The balanced nuclear reaction should conserve both mass number and atomic number.

  • The sum of the mass numbers of the reactants should be equal to the sum of mass numbers of the products in the reaction.
  • The sum of atomic numbers (or the atomic charge) of the reactants should be equal to the sum of atomic numbers (or the atomic charge) of the products in the reaction.
Explanation

Neutrons are effective in producing nuclear reactions, it possesses no effective charge and thermal neutrons are very effective.

5927Co+1

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