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B How to pronounce a nuclear reaction written in AZE notation?

  1. Apr 2, 2017 #1
    Pronouncing a nuclear reaction like
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    as "one,zero,neutron + 235,92,uranium yields 141,56,barium + 92,36,krypton + 3,1,0,neutron" is awkward. How is it pronounced by physicists in practice?
     
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  3. Apr 2, 2017 #2

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    "Neutron plus Uranium 235 reacts to Barium 141, Krypton 92 and 3 neutrons"
    "Uranium 235 gets fissioned by a neutron to Barium 141, Krypton 92 and 3 neutrons"
    With colleagues working on the same topic, the element names might get replaced by their short forms.

    The element fixes the proton number, and "neutron" is clear as well.
     
  4. Apr 2, 2017 #3

    e.bar.goum

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    The reason that you don't normally pronounce the Z is that it's implicit in the element name. Saying both is redundant. "neutron induced fission of uranium 235 yields barium 141 and krypton 92 along with 3 neutrons" or something like that.

    In some countries, saying "235 uranium" is more common (A first). This isn't exactly wrong but I have a strong preference for the other way around.
     
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