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What is radioactivity? What does it mean for an atom to be radioactive?

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What is radioactivity? What does it mean for an atom to be radioactive?

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Radioactivity is the process of spontaneous emission of radiation in the form of tiny, invisible particles such as electrons, nucleons, alpha particles, etc or high energy photons from an unstable nuclei or nuclear reaction.

        The atoms that have unstable nucleus and that emit these particles to achieve greater stability are said to be radioactive.

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Textbook: Introductory Chemistry
Edition: 5
Author: Nivaldo J Tro
ISBN: 9780321910295

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