How does the radioactive isotope C-14 differ from C-12?

1 Answer
Jun 5, 2018

Well, ""^14C has got TWO more neutrons than ""^12C..?

Explanation:

""^14C and ""^12C are carbon isotopes; the former is much more RARE than the latter. The neutral atoms necessarily EACH contain SIX positively charged nucular particles, 6 protons; this is what characterizes them as carbon... However, while ""^12C has six neutrons, SIX NEUTRALLY charged, massive nucular particles, ""^14C has EIGHT such neutrons, and hence the isotopic mass difference. Are we clear?