Balancing Nuclear Equations & Predicting the Product of a Nuclear Reaction


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The formation of uranium-236 from plutonium-240 occurs by:

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1. What is the product of a cobalt-60 atom that undergoes two beta decays?

2. An element undergoes gamma decay to form lead-206. What was the identity of that initial element?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz focuses on multiple-choice practice problems. You'll need to identify the type of decay involved in a given problem, as well as understanding the products of various decays in order to pass.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Challenge yourself with sample problems on the following:

  • Which type of decay occurs in an example
  • The product of a particular atom undergoing decay
  • Which element undergoes gamma decay in an example
  • The resulting isotope from a particular element's decay
  • The resulting nucleus from the decay of a particular element

Skills Practiced

  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main terms, such as beta decay and gamma decay
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on how to balance nuclear equations and predict the product of a nuclear reaction
  • Problem solving - apply what you've learned to solve nuclear equation practice problems

Additional Learning

Continue your studies by reviewing the associated lesson, which is called Balancing Nuclear Equations & Predicting the Product of a Nuclear Reaction. You'll cover the following objectives in this lesson:

  • Define 'reactants'
  • Understand how to write an alpha decay equation using an arrow
  • Review the processes of beta decay and gamma decay