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What increases in nucleus as a result of alpha and beta decays

  1. May 3, 2016 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    Well one of the questions that I'm not too sure the answer to is what parameter in the nucleus increases as a result of alpha and beta decay.

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    3. The attempt at a solution
    Not too sure, I mean atomic number decreases and so does mass number so. But what increases? Theres less nucleons in the nucleus so theres less binding energy but theres also less mass. No idea.
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  3. May 3, 2016 #2


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    Are you sure about that? What happens when a beta decay occurs?

    Not even any attempt at Googling what happens during these decays?
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