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I was reading on the radiation topic in GCSE physics and saw that a beta particle is a neutron that turns in to a proton and then an electron and then is instantly emitted from nucleus. But if a beta particle is negatively charged and the nucleus has a postive charge then why doesn’t it just attract the beta particles instead of emitting it as opposites attract?????
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During beta decay, a neutron turns into a proton AND an electron (meaning that the charges balance out) and they (not sure if both of them do, the electron definitely does) leave the nucleus at a high speed (which is why I think they're not attracted back towards the nucleus, they're going too fast). Essentially the beta particles are the electrons that are emitted from the atom because of beta decay.



Edit: Sorry reading this back it sounds bad, but I hope this helps in some way
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(Original post by Oófie)
During beta decay, a neutron turns into a proton AND an electron (meaning that the charges balance out) and they (not sure if both of them do, the electron definitely does) leave the nucleus at a high speed (which is why I think they're not attracted back towards the nucleus, they're going too fast). Essentially the beta particles are the electrons that are emitted from the atom because of beta decay.



Edit: Sorry reading this back it sounds bad, but I hope this helps in some way
Pretty sure both of them leave. Thanks for the help I now have a better understanding 🙏🙏🙏
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