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Write nuclear reaction equations for α-decay of `""_94^242Pu`

Solution

α is a nucleus of helium `(""_2He^4)` and β is an electron (e− for β− and e+ for β+). In every α-decay, there is a loss of 2 protons and 4 neutrons. In every β+-decay, there is a loss of 1 proton and a neutrino is emitted from the nucleus. In every β−-decay, there is a gain of 1 proton and an antineutrino is emitted from the nucleus.

`""_94^242Pu -> _92^238U +  _2^4 He`

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