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Homework Help: What Do You Think?

  1. Feb 20, 2005 #1
    Large stable nuclei have more neutrons than protons. Which is the most plausible reason?

    a. neutrons are needed to moderate the strong Coulomb repulsion between the protons

    b. the neutron is heavier than the proton and thus produces heavier nuclei

    c. as protons are added to nuclei, they decay to neutrons (via beta decay) that remain in the nucleus
  2. jcsd
  3. Feb 20, 2005 #2
    b and c do not even seem to be explaination of why stable nuclei have more neutrons.
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