Chemistry: The Central Science (13th Edition)

Published by Prentice Hall
ISBN 10: 0321910419
ISBN 13: 978-0-32191-041-7

Chapter 21 - Nuclear Chemistry - Exercises - Page 947: 21.25


The proton is far less stable than the alpha particle. Alpha particles have magic numbers of protons and neutrons (2 and 2), making them stable.

Work Step by Step

The single proton has an odd number of protons (1) and has no magic number, making it less stable.
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