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Worksheet: Beta Decay

Q1:

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

Q2:

The nuclear equation shows how argon decays to potassium via beta decay. What is the value of π‘š in the equation?

Q3:

Calcium-40 is created through the beta decay of potassium, as shown in the nuclear equation What are the values of 𝑝 and π‘ž in the equation?

  • A 𝑝 = 4 5 , π‘ž = 2 4
  • B 𝑝 = 3 5 , π‘ž = 1 5
  • C 𝑝 = 4 0 , π‘ž = 2 0
  • D 𝑝 = 4 0 , π‘ž = 1 9
  • E 𝑝 = 3 9 , π‘ž = 1 9

Q4:

When an atomic nucleus emits a beta particle, how much does the atomic number of the remaining nucleus change by?

Q5:

What is the relative charge of a beta particle?

Q6:

When an atomic nucleus emits a beta particle, how much does the mass number of the remaining nucleus change by?