What happens to an atom when it emits a beta particle?
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Here, we are going to discuss what happens when an atom emits a beta particle.
Beta particles are the electrons having very high energy. They are actually the electrons which are generated during the splitting of a neutron into a proton and an accompanying electron.
Beta particles are highly energetic and are negatively charged.
When an atom emits a beta particle(e), one of its neutron splits into a proton and hence a new daughter nuclei is formed with one less neutron and one more proton.
For example, when potassium - 40 decays (number of protons = 19 ) by beta decay, calcium - 40 is created (number of protons = 20).
K → Ca + e
Textbook: Introductory Chemistry
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