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 817c: 54


The nucleus of the atom is positively charged and protons also have a positive charge. Since like charges repel each other, it is difficult for a proton to enter the nucleus. However, a neutron has no net charge, so it can enter the nucleus relatively easily.

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