January 2019 NY Regents Chemistry Exam
49 Given the equation:
Which type of nuclear reaction is represented by the equation? (1) fission
(2) fusion (3) beta decay
(4) alpha decay
Solution: In a fission reaction, we will see a neutron on the reactant side with another atom. Fusion is a nuclear reaction with small nuclei coming together such as hydrogens coming together to form a nucleus with a greater mass. In beta decay there is a beta particle on the right side (products). In alpha decay, there is an alpha particle on the right side.
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