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Homework Help: Nuclear physics

  1. Jan 29, 2010 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    the first nuclear reaction induced in a laboratory can be represented by
    N147 + He42 = O178 + H11

    what information can be obtained from the symbol O178
    2. Relevant equations

    3. The attempt at a solution
    The number 17 represents the atomic mass, which is also known as the nucleon number
    From the nucleon number we are able to find out the number of neutron and also able to determine the mass of O
    The number of 8 is the number of proton.

    thats all i can get from it and more info from it>?
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  3. Jan 29, 2010 #2

    Andrew Mason

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    That is about it. That is what O178 means. Atomic mass = 17 and atomic number = 8.

  4. Jan 29, 2010 #3
    thx so much
    cant imagine i done the right answer
  5. Jan 29, 2010 #4
    I don't know much about nuclear physics but wouldn't you be able to obtain the number of neutrons? 17-8 = 9 neutrons
  6. Jan 30, 2010 #5

    Andrew Mason

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    Good point. The number of neutrons is always the atomic mass - atomic number.

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