Chemistry: The Molecular Science (5th Edition)

Published by Cengage Learning
ISBN 10: 1285199049
ISBN 13: 978-1-28519-904-7

Chapter 18 - Nuclear Chemistry - Questions for Review and Thought - Topical Questions - Page 817a: 16d



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Let the element that undergoes radioactive decay be $X$, its mass number be $A$ and let the atomic number be $Z$. We know that a positron is a positively charged electron, that is, $^{0}_{1}e$. As argon-38 is formed by positron emission, we can write $^{A}_{Z}X\rightarrow\,^{38}_{18}Ar+\,^{0}_{1}e$ As the sum of masses and charges should be equal on both the sides, we have $A=38+0=38$ $Z=18+1=19$ The element with atomic number $Z=19$ is potassium with the symbol $K$. Therefore, the required balanced nuclear equation is $^{38}_{19}K\rightarrow\,^{38}_{18}Ar+\,^{0}_{1}e$
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