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Chapter 8, Problem 45E
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Write a nuclear equation to represent the fusion of two deuterium atoms, H-2, to form He-3 and one neutron.

Interpretation Introduction

Interpretation:

The nuclear equation that represents the fusion of two deuterium atoms is to be represented.

Concept introduction:

A nuclear reaction is a reaction in which two nuclear particles interact to produce two or more nuclear particles.

There is a difference between a chemical reaction and a nuclear reaction. A chemical reaction involves atoms, molecules, and electrons whereas a nuclear reaction involves the nucleus of an atom.

Explanation of Solution

In a nuclear equation, each element is represented by its appropriate chemical symbol. There are two numbers attached to the chemical symbol. One is the mass number, which is written above to the chemical symbol, and the other is the atomic number, which is written below to the chemical symbol. The mass number is denoted by A and the atomic number is denoted by Z.

In a balanced nuclear equation, the sum of the atomic number and the mass number is the same on both the sides of the nuclear equation.

The nuclear equation that shows fusion is represented as follows:

12H+ 12H

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