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 3 years ago
The equation
92U238 > 90Th234 + 2He4
would represent what kind of nuclear reaction?
A. alpha decay
B. beta decay
C. fusion
D. fission
 3 years ago
The equation 92U238 > 90Th234 + 2He4 would represent what kind of nuclear reaction? A. alpha decay B. beta decay C. fusion D. fission

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JamesJ
 3 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.3What's the definition of alpha decay and beta decay?

wolfgirl
 3 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1I have no idea. They are types of decay

JamesJ
 3 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.3Look up what each of the answers mean. Once you know what they mean, this question will be really easy, easier than the last one.

wolfgirl
 3 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1alpha decay is caused by too many protons and beta decay is caused by too many neutrons

JamesJ
 3 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.3No. Alpha decay is when an atom ejects an alpha particle. An alpha particle is two protons and two neutrons. Like this: http://education.jlab.org/glossary/alphadecay.gif Beta decay is when an atom ejects an electron. You look up fission and fusion.

wolfgirl
 3 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1fission produces a lot of energy very quickly. It's useful for heat in power plants that make electricity. Fusion allows scientists a very quick way to give a lot of energy and it's also used for ehat in power plants. It occurs whne two lighter elements combine to make a heavier element

JamesJ
 3 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.3Fission is when an atom is bombarded by neutrons causing it to break apart into atoms with lower atomic numbers, like this:

JamesJ
 3 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.3Fusion is what you say it is. Now, given all of that, what kind of nuclear reaction is 92U238 > 90Th234 + 2He4

JamesJ
 3 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.3Fission? Where are the neutrons coming into the atom? I don't see any neutrons on the LHS of the equation. There's just an atom there.

JamesJ
 3 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.3btw, a Helium nucleus can have two protons and two neutrons.

JamesJ
 3 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.3Fusion? Where are two atoms being combined? I only see one atom on the LHS

JamesJ
 3 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.3Stop. Think. Read the definitions again.

JamesJ
 3 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.3http://outreach.atnf.csiro.au/education/senior/cosmicengine/images/sun/alphadecay.gif

JamesJ
 3 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.3Yes, the reaction of your question is exactly the reaction in the picture I just posted.

wolfgirl
 3 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1ok thanks for helping me, James

UnkleRhaukus
 3 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0\[^{92}U_{238} > ^{90}Th_{234} + ^2He_4\] So if we have a alpha particle \[^2He_4\] (two protons two neutrons) leaving the reaction the reaction is exhibiting alpha decay
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