# How does carbon 14 decay?

Mar 8, 2018

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

#### Explanation:

The reference gives the decay equation:

${\text{_6^14C rarr }}_{7}^{14} N + {e}^{-} + {\overline{v}}_{e}$

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

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