Q 5 Conceptual Questions

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### Physics for Scientists and Engineers: A Strategic Approach with Modern Physics

Book edition 4th
Author(s) Randall D. Knight
Pages 1240 pages
ISBN 9780133942651

# Are the following decays possible? If not, why not?

Therefore, the decays are explained.

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## Step 1: Given information

The following decays are given:

## Step 2: Explanation (a)

(a) No, the alpha particle is inserted into the incorrect nucleus.

## Step 2: Explanation (b)

(b) No, the original nucleus would have to lose four nucleons rather than two.

(c) Yes.

## Step 2: Explanation (d)

(d) No, A does not change during beta decay.