# Balance the following nuclear equations #""_(10)^(24) "Ne" -> ??? + beta#

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#### Explanation:

Your equation is

As you might guess this is an example of **β-decay**.

Recall that a β-particle is just an electron.

It becomes easier to balance the equation if we use an alternate symbol for a β-particle:

Then the equation becomes

Now, let's replace the

#""_10^24"Ne" → ""_x^y"Z" +""_text(-1)^0"e"#

The main point to remember in balancing nuclear equations is that **the sums of the superscripts and the sums of the subscripts must be the same on each side of the equation**.

**Sum of superscripts**:

**Sum of subscripts**:

This gives us

#""_10^24"Ne" → ""_11^24"Z" +""_text(-1)^0"e"#

The atomic number of the element is 11, and element 11 is sodium.

∴ The nuclear equation is

#""_10^24"Ne" → ""_11^24"Na" + ""_text(-1)^0"e"#

If desired, we can now re-insert the β symbol.

#""_10^24"Ne" → ""_11^24"Na" + β#