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Unformatted text preview: disintegrate and emit radiation. The elements formed as the products of nuclear reactions will be different then the starting element. Three types of radiation are given off by naturally occurring radioactive compounds. These types of radiation were given the names of the first three letters of the Greek alphabet. ..alpha, beta and gamma . The nucleus of an atom is changed when it emits either an alpha or a beta particle. The atomic number is altered in both cases. ..remember that it is the atomic number that determines the identity of an element....
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This note was uploaded on 04/28/2010 for the course ENGN 45 taught by Professor Wendy during the Fall '09 term at City College of San Francisco.
- Fall '09