Week 8 Discussion

I need an explanation for this Physics question to help me study.

Each week, you will be asked to respond to the prompt or prompts in the discussion forum. Your initial post should be 75-150 words in length, and is due on Sunday. By Tuesday, you should respond to two additional posts from your peers.

Radioactive decay occurs when an unstable atomic nucleus becomes more stable by emitting radiation and losing energy. There are several kinds of radioactive decay, including alpha, beta and gamma decay, positron emission and electron capture.

Pick three of these types of decay and describe how they occur, the particles involved in each and an example of each type. Compare the ionizing power and penetrating power of the products and how the reactions occur in nature or are used by humans for some useful purpose.

In your follow-up posts you should expand on the post of a peer, add additional information on the reactions they describe, or another application of the reactions


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