Can the atomic number of an element change?

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Aug 21, 2016

Answer:

Elements can transmute, but this is not the province of the chemist.

Explanation:

Elemental transmutation is the province of the nuclear physicist. Larger elements can split apart (fission), and smaller elements can fuse. That's about all I know on the matter. Except that the energy available from nuclear reactions dwarfs the energy available from chemical reactions.