# What element does carbon-14 become after undergoing beta decay?

Mar 26, 2016

""_6^14C becomes ""_7^14N. One more proton makes carbon, $C$, into nitrogen, $N$. The total number of nucleons (protons plus neutrons) remains the same.
${\text{_0^1n to ""_1^1p + }}_{- 1}^{0} {e}^{-}$