Physics: Principles with Applications (7th Edition)

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Chapter 31 - Nuclear Energy; Effects and Uses of Radiation - Questions: 19

Answer

Alpha particles can only cause damage if ingested as this is the only way for them to enter the body.

Work Step by Step

Emitted alpha particles are relatively large and not very energetic. This gives them very little penetrating power, and they can’t get through the skin. However, if ingested, alpha particle emitters can cause internal damage.
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