Nitrogen-17 is a beta emitter, what is the isotope produced in the radioactive decay?
As you know, when an isotope undergoes beta decay, one of its neutrons is converted into a proton, with an electron and an antineutrino being emitted in the process.
So, what would you expect to see happen to the atomic number of the isotope that undergoes beta decay?
Since the decay results in the creation of a proton, the atomic number of the resulting isotope will increase by
What about the mass number?
As you know, the mass number tells you how many protons and neutrons a nucleus contains. In this case, the number of neutrons decreases by
So, a quick look in the periodic table will show that the element that Follows nitrogen is oxygen.
Therefore, the isotope produced by the beta decay of nitrogen-17 will be oxygen-17
#""_7^17"N" -> ""_8^17"O" + ""_text(-1)^0"e" + bar(nu)_e#