Conceptual Physics (12th Edition)

Published by Addison-Wesley
ISBN 10: 0321909100
ISBN 13: 978-0-32190-910-7

Chapter 33 - Think and Discuss: 86

Answer

Eight alpha particles and six beta particles. The answer is independent of the path taken.

Work Step by Step

This is seen in Figure 33.22, tracing the decay chain from U-238 down to Pb-206. No matter which route is taken, the number of alpha particles and the number of beta particles stays the same.
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