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Textbook Problem

Spontaneous radioactive decay occurs only when the decay products have less mass than the parent, and it tends to produce a daughter that is more stable than the parent. Explain how this is related to the fact that more tightly bound nuclei ate more stable. (Consider the binding energy per nucleon.)

To determine

The fact that more tightly bound nuclei are more stable.

Explanation

Concept Used:

Binding energy.

For the more tightly bound nuclei will have the stronger nuclei forces which in turn will require more energy to make it apart. Therefore, nucleus binding energy is defined as the energy required to separate the nucleus into parts as protons and the neutrons. As we can determine the binding energy from its rest mass, and they are connected through the Einstein's equa...

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