How is baryon number conserved in alpha decayWatch
So in alpha the total number of nucleons is constant hence the number of baryons is constant.
But it is a good example to illustrate the conservation of Baryon number.
X has proton number Z and nucleon number A
Y has proton number Z-2 and nucleon number A-4
He has proton number 2 and nucleon number 4
So, the baryon number remains the same.
- The number of baryons: protons and neurons
- The number of nucleons is equal on either side and therefore there is no change at all.
- Each nucleon has a baryon number of +1;
- Which means that the baryon number is conserved on both sides.
Hope that helped