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  • Define and discuss the nucleus in an atom.
  • Define atomic number.
  • Define and discuss isotopes.
  • Calculate the density of the nucleus.
  • Explain nuclear force.

What is inside the nucleus? Why are some nuclei stable while others decay? (See [link] .) Why are there different types of decay ( α size 12{α} {} , β size 12{β} {} and γ size 12{γ} {} )? Why are nuclear decay energies so large? Pursuing natural questions like these has led to far more fundamental discoveries than you might imagine.

The first image shows a lump of coal. The second image shows a pair of hands holding a metal uranium disk. Third image shows a cylindrical glass tube containing slivery-brown cesium.
Why is most of the carbon in this coal stable (a), while the uranium in the disk (b) slowly decays over billions of years? Why is cesium in this ampule (c) even less stable than the uranium, decaying in far less than 1/1,000,000 the time? What is the reason uranium and cesium undergo different types of decay ( α size 12{α} {} and β size 12{β} {} , respectively)? (credits: (a) Bresson Thomas, Wikimedia Commons; (b) U.S. Department of Energy; (c) Tomihahndorf, Wikimedia Commons)

We have already identified protons    as the particles that carry positive charge in the nuclei. However, there are actually two types of particles in the nuclei—the proton and the neutron , referred to collectively as nucleons    , the constituents of nuclei. As its name implies, the neutron    is a neutral particle ( q = 0 size 12{q=0} {} ) that has nearly the same mass and intrinsic spin as the proton. [link] compares the masses of protons, neutrons, and electrons. Note how close the proton and neutron masses are, but the neutron is slightly more massive once you look past the third digit. Both nucleons are much more massive than an electron. In fact, m p = 1836 m e size 12{m rSub { size 8{p} } ="1836" m rSub { size 8{e} } } {} and m n = 1839 m e size 12{m rSub { size 8{n} } ="1839" m rSub { size 8{e} } } {} .

[link] also gives masses in terms of mass units that are more convenient than kilograms on the atomic and nuclear scale. The first of these is the unified atomic mass    unit (u), defined as

1 u = 1 . 6605 × 10 27 kg. size 12{"1 u"=1 "." "6605"´"10" rSup { size 8{-"27"} } " kg"} {}

This unit is defined so that a neutral carbon 12 C atom has a mass of exactly 12 u. Masses are also expressed in units of MeV/ c 2 . These units are very convenient when considering the conversion of mass into energy (and vice versa), as is so prominent in nuclear processes. Using E = mc 2 size 12{E= ital "mc" rSup { size 8{2} } } {} and units of m size 12{m} {} in MeV/ c 2 size 12{"MeV/"c rSup { size 8{2} } } {} , we find that c 2 size 12{c rSup { size 8{2} } } {} cancels and E size 12{E} {} comes out conveniently in MeV. For example, if the rest mass of a proton is converted entirely into energy, then

E = mc 2 = ( 938.27 MeV/ c 2 ) c 2 = 938.27 MeV. size 12{E= ital "mc" rSup { size 8{2} } = \( "938" "." "27" "MeV/"c rSup { size 8{2} } \) c rSup { size 8{2} } ="938" "." "27"" MeV"} {}

It is useful to note that 1 u of mass converted to energy produces 931.5 MeV, or

1 u = 931.5 MeV/ c 2 . size 12{"1 u"="931" "." 5" MeV/"c rSup { size 8{2} } } {}

All properties of a nucleus are determined by the number of protons and neutrons it has. A specific combination of protons and neutrons is called a nuclide    and is a unique nucleus. The following notation is used to represent a particular nuclide:

Z A X N , size 12{"" lSub { size 8{Z} } lSup { size 8{A} } X rSub { size 8{N} } } {}

where the symbols A size 12{A} {} , X size 12{X} {} , Z size 12{Z} {} , and N size 12{N} {} are defined as follows: The number of protons in a nucleus is the atomic number     Z size 12{Z} {} . X is the symbol for the element , such as Ca for calcium. However, once Z size 12{Z} {} is known, the element is known; hence, Z size 12{Z} {} and X are redundant. For example, Z = 20 size 12{Z="20"} {} is always calcium, and calcium always has Z = 20 size 12{Z="20"} {} . N size 12{N} {} is the number of neutrons in a nucleus. In the notation for a nuclide, the subscript N size 12{N} {} is usually omitted. The symbol A size 12{A} {} is defined as the number of nucleons or the total number of protons and neutrons ,

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