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Q 8 Conceptual Question

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Physics for Scientists and Engineers: A Strategic Approach with Modern Physics
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Short Answer

Apple A in FIGURE Q42.8 is strongly irradiated by nuclear radiation for 1 hour. Apple B is not irradiated. Afterward, in what ways

are apples A and B different?

Therefore, apple A is not radioactive.

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Step by Step Solution

Step 1: Given information

Apple A in FIGURE Q42.8 is strongly irradiated by nuclear radiation for 1 hour. Apple B is not irradiated.

Step 2: Explanation

Nuclear radiation would ionise some of the substance in apple A, breaking molecular bonds.

Step 3: Explanation

This could cause chemical reactions in apple B that would not occur otherwise. Apple A would not mutate into a radioactive substance.

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