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    Right, this has been bugging me all day so any answers much appreciated

    When a beta emission occurs in an unstable nucleus, a neutron changes into a proton and an electron. Now, if the electron is emitted, then that leaves the nucleus with one additional proton but no electron to balance the charge; so are all products of beta decay ions? and if so should you show the positive charge when writing an equation to show this process (all the materials I have looked at don't mention a charge on the product element)?

    It's really just out of curiosity, since I can do what the course requires Ta!
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    Right, this has been bugging me all day so any answers much appreciated

    When a beta emission occurs in an unstable nucleus, a neutron changes into a proton and an electron. Now, if the electron is emitted, then that leaves the nucleus with one additional proton but no electron to balance the charge; so are all products of beta decay ions? and if so should you show the positive charge when writing an equation to show this process (all the materials I have looked at don't mention a charge on the product element)?

    It's really just out of curiosity, since I can do what the course requires Ta!
    In essence, yes, positive ions are formed, but depending on the species, the ion can possibly pick up electrons from the surroundings to make atoms. Clearly this depends on the chemistry of the element.
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    Thanks, that makes complete sense
 
 
 
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