University Physics with Modern Physics (14th Edition)

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Chapter 43 - Nuclear Physics - Problems - Discussion Questions - Page 1474: Q43.14


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Work Step by Step

In alpha, beta, or gamma decay, the nucleus is making changes within itself only, and the electrons outside of it do not matter. In contrast, in the process of electron capture (pages 1454-1455), an electron (usually a K shell electron) is absorbed into the nucleus, combining with a proton to form a neutron and a neutrino. Here, the atom's chemical situation, which affects its electronic energy levels, can have an effect on this process.
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