Physics: Principles with Applications (7th Edition)

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Chapter 30 - Nuclear Physics and Radioactivity - Questions: 23

Answer

$\beta^{+}$ decay is not favored.

Work Step by Step

The radioactive decay series of Figure 30–11 starts with U-238, which has many more neutrons than protons. It is above the line of stability shown in Figure 30–2. A $\beta^{+}$ decay effectively converts a proton into a neutron, moving farther from the line of stability. So this process is not favored.
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