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Wt is the recoil of the nucleus?

  1. Oct 17, 2011 #1
    Wt is meant by the recoil of the nucleus?
     
  2. jcsd
  3. Oct 17, 2011 #2
    Say your nucleus decays by emitting a beta particle or something. The beta particle shoots off in one direction, the nucleus "recoils" by moving in the opposite direction. Same as if you fire a gun; bullet goes one way, recoil pushes gun the opposite way.

    You know, because of conservation of momentum.
     
  4. Oct 17, 2011 #3
    I got it! Thank You!
     
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