College Physics

1st Edition
Paul Peter Urone + 1 other
ISBN: 9781938168000



College Physics

1st Edition
Paul Peter Urone + 1 other
ISBN: 9781938168000
Textbook Problem

In the following eight problems, write the complete decay equation for the given nuclide in the complete X Z A N notation. Refer to the periodic table for values of Z.

α decay of 210Po, the isotope of polonium in the decay series of 238U that was discovered by the Curries. A favorite isotope in physics labs, since it has a short half−life and decays to a stable nuclide.

To determine

  αdecay equation of 210Po


Formula Used:

  A = N + Z

Where A is atomic mass number

Z = Number of protons in a nucleus

In the expression below:


Z = Number of protons in a nucleus

X = symbol for the element

We know that

  A = N + Z

WhereAis atomic mass number

The atomic mass ofP84210o126is 210 and

  A = 210 Z = 84N = 126


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