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Which symbol represents a nuclear emission with the greatest mass and the greatest ionizing power?

Chemistry Regent Exam August 2022



28. Which symbol represents a nuclear emission with the greatest mass and the greatest ionizing power?

1. α

2. β+

3. β-

4. y


Explanation: We can take a look at the Table O on the reference table to see what each symbol means. 1. α = alpha particle 2. β+ = positron 3. β- = beta particle 4. y = gamma radiation. Alpha particle has the greatest mass (4amu) according to the chart (mass number is on the top left corner of the symbol) and the greatest ionizing power.

Answer: 1


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