Conceptual Physics (12th Edition)

Published by Addison-Wesley
ISBN 10: 0321909100
ISBN 13: 978-0-32190-910-7

Chapter 33 - Think and Discuss - Page 636: 86


Eight alpha particles and six beta particles. The answer is independent of the path taken.

Work Step by Step

This is seen in Figure 33.22, tracing the decay chain from U-238 down to Pb-206. No matter which route is taken, the number of alpha particles and the number of beta particles stays the same.
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