Revision question on Nuclear Equations for GCSE AQA Physics

This is a topic that pupils can find tricky.

Questions on Nuclear Equations – use page 40 on the specification to help.

  1. What are nuclear equations used to represent? 
  2. What symbol is used to represent an alpha particle? 
  3. What symbol is used to represent a beta particle? 
  4. Write down this nuclear equation for alpha decay.
  5. How does the atomic number of polonium compare to the atomic number of radon? 
  6. How does the mass number of polonium compare to the mass number of radon? 
  7. How does the mass of the nucleus change for alpha decay? 
  8. How does the charge of the nucleus change for alpha decay? 
  9. Write down this nuclear equation for beta decay?
  10. How does the atomic number of nitrogen compare to the atomic number of carbon? 
  11. How does the mass number of nitrogen compare to the mass number of carbon? 
  12. How does the mass of the nucleus change for alpha decay? 
  13. How does the charge of the nucleus change for alpha decay? 
  14. Copy and complete this sentence: The emission of a ___________does not cause the _______________ of the nucleus to change. 

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