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Write the nuclear symbol for an atom with 32 protons and 38 neutrons

# Write the nuclear symbol for an atom with 32 protons and 38 neutrons

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Write the nuclear symbol for an atom with 32 protons and 38 neutrons. Solution Use a  Periodic Table  to look up the element with an atomic number of 32. The  atomic number indicates how many protons are in an element. The nuclear  symbol indicates the composition of the nucleus. The atomic number (number of  protons) is a subscript at the lower left of the symbol of the element. The mass  number (sum of the protons and neutrons) is a superscript to the upper left of the

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Unformatted text preview: element symbol. For example, the nuclear symbols of the element hydrogen are: 11H, 21H, 31H Pretend that the superscipts and subscripts line up on top of each other - they should do so in your homework problems, even though they don't in my computer example ;-) Answer The element with 32 protons is germanium, which has the symbol Ge.The mass number is 32 + 38 = 70, so the nuclear symbol is (again, pretend the superscripts and subscripts line up): 7032Ge...
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