How does carbon 14 decay?

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According to this Carbon-14 reference, one of the neutrons decays into a proton. The element becomes a stable isotope of Nitrogen-14


The reference gives the decay equation:

#""_6^14C rarr ""_7^14N+e^(-) + barv_e#

The atomic mass is still 14, but a neutron has become proton by emitting an electron and an electron antineutrino .

I hope that helps!