What is the effect of beta decay on the composition of a nucleus?

1 Answer
Mar 24, 2016


Its charge changes by 1 unit.


There are 2 kinds of beta decay.


In Beta-minus decay, one neutron in the nucleus turns into a proton. The charge increases by 1 unit.

In Beta-plus decay, one proton in the nucleus turns into a neutron. The charge decreases by 1 unit.