College Physics (7th Edition)

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Chapter 29 - The Nucleus - Learning Path Questions and Exercises - Multiple Choice Questions - Page 995: 2


c) have the same number of protons.

Work Step by Step

The mass number of oxygen-16 and oxygen-17 are 16 and 17 respectively. But, mass number=number of nucleons. This implies that the number of nucleons is different. As both are oxygen nuclei, the atomic number or the number of protons are equal. Since the number of nucleons is different, the neutron number should be different for the two. Therefore, option (c) is the correct answer.
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