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Homework Help: Nuclear chemistry reaction question

  1. Apr 10, 2009 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    Complete and balance the following nuclear equations by supplying the missing particle.[tex]^{98}_{42}[/tex]Mo+[tex]^{2}_{1}[/tex]H[tex]\rightarrow[/tex][tex]^{1}_{0}[/tex]n+?

    2. Relevant equations

    3. The attempt at a solution

    I would think that the answer would just be [tex]^{99}_{43}[/tex]Te. It seems correct, since everything adds up nicely, but apparently my answer is incorrect. Am I missing something?
  2. jcsd
  3. Apr 10, 2009 #2

    It looks like your math is right, but you picked the wrong element....Te (Tellurium) has an atomic number of 52. Try [tex]^{99}_{43}[/tex]Tc.
  4. Apr 11, 2009 #3
    Oh my goodness, thank you! I can't believe I did that. I think I glanced at my periodic table too quickly, and read that "c" as an "e". Thank you, that was indeed the correct answer.
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