Plutonium-239 is used in nuclear bombs. Determine the number of protons and neutrons in plutonium-239 and write its symbol in the form .
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Here, we are going to calculate the number of protons and neutrons in plutonium-239
When atoms have same atomic number but different mass number are called isotopes. Isotopes can be symbolized by using the following notation.
Where, X is the chemical symbol
A is the mass number = Number of protons + number of neutrons
Z is the atomic number = Number of protons present in the nucleus of that atom.
Since, plutonium-239 is one of the isotope of plutonium.
The atomic number of plutonium Z = 94
Thus, number of protons of plutonium atom = 94
The mass number of carbon plutonium-239 = 239
Textbook: Introductory Chemistry
Author: Nivaldo J Tro
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