Did you know that less than 1% of all the radiation you are exposed to comes from the nuclear industry? There is natural radiation from the sun, water, and even bananas.
There are also man-made sources of radiation, like nuclear reactors, certain types of medicine, and the smoke detectors in your home. The amount of danger nuclear radiation presents depends on which type of radiation it is.
They all have the same atomic number because they're all carbon.
The top number is the mass number, which is the number of protons and neutrons, because both protons and neutrons have a mass of 1.
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Today we will be discussing the three most common types of radioactive decay: alpha, beta, and gamma.
Who knows; someday you may be voting on whether a nuclear facility is built near you. Nuclear radiation comes from all kinds of different places.What images come to mind when you hear the words 'nuclear radiation'?Most likely these words conjure up a graphic scene of three-eyed fish and glowing green ooze.The nucleus is said to decay, or change into one that is a little lighter, one with four less particles.An alpha particle can be represented a couple different ways - first, with 4, 2, and alpha symbol, the 4 representing the mass number (the number of protons plus neutrons) and the 2 representing the atomic number (the number of protons).For more i nformation and settings, go to Privacy Centre.