Lesson: Radioactive Decay Chains
In this lesson, we will learn how to determine the products of radioactive decay chains and identify the type of radioactive decay from the decay products.
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Worksheet: 9 Questions • 1 Video
Which type of nuclear radiation has the greatest mass?
Which type of nuclear radiation has the smallest nonzero mass?
Beryllium-11 is an isotope of beryllium with a half-life of just 13.8 seconds. It can undergo a two-step decay to an isotope of lithium, as shown in the diagram. Red circles represent protons, grey circles represent neutrons, and blue circles represent electrons. What two types of decay does the beryllium nucleus undergo in order to become lithium?