Q Value for Beta -Decay

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Can someone please tell me how to calculate this?

My notes are such a mess. Is it as simple as Q = (Mx-My)c2 using atomic masses?

Cheers,

Mick
 

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I believe you have to also include the electron mass when you calculate the Q value for beta decay, because the electron (or positron) has to be created (in nearly every case):

Q = (M1 - M2)c2 - mec2

There is a special case, called electron capture, or k-capture, where the nucleus captures an atomic electron and emits only a neutrino.

You can compare your numbers with this online Q-value calculator:

http://t2.lanl.gov/data/astro/molnix96/qbeta.html
 

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