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  1. Jun 30, 2016 #1
    How Carbon-14 effectively gains a proton but no electrons when decaying to Nitrogen-14....?
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  3. Jun 30, 2016 #2
    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!
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    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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