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Chapter 4 Vocab!

chapter 4 vocab

nuclear chemistry the branch of chemistry concerned with nuclear reactions
alpha particle a positively charged particle emitted in radioactive decay or nuclear fission
beta particle a negatively charged particle emitted from an atomic nucleus in radioactive decay
gamma radiation a photon emitted by a radioactive substance
natural transmutation occurs when certain radioactive elements decay over a period of time, transforming into other elements
artificial transmutation artificially induced nuclear reaction caused by the bombardment of a nucleus with subatomic particles
fission the act of cleaving or splitting into parts
fusion the act of coming together (fusing)
half-life the amount of time it takes for half an initial amount to disintegrate
radioactive decay transformation of an unstable atomic nucleus into a lighter one
Created by: janthony1