In this lesson, we will learn how to solve nuclear equations involving beta decay.

Q1:

The following nuclear equation shows how carbon decays to nitrogen via beta decay. What is the value of 𝑛 in the equation?

14670–eCN++𝛽𝜈

Q2:

The following nuclear equation shows how argon decays to potassium via beta decay. What is the value of 𝑚 in the equation?

3918390–eArK++𝛽𝜈

Q3:

Calcium-40 is created through beta decay of potassium, as shown in the following nuclear equation.

KCa++40200–e𝛽𝜈

What are the values of 𝑝 and 𝑞 in the equation?

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