How Carbon-14 effectively gains a proton but no electrons when decaying to Nitrogen-14....?
When one of the carbon's neutrons decays into a proton and a high-energy electron that is emitted as a beta particle, that leaves a nitrogen atom of 7 protons, 7 neutrons and 6 electrons by my reckoning. Where does the 7th electron come from? All answers will be gratefully received. Thanks!
The decay of 14C leaves 14N in an ionized state, that is, lacking an electron. It'll grab an electron from a nearby atom.
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