What is the nuclear equation for the decay of carbon-14?

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C-14 #-># N-14 + #beta^-#


The carbon-14 atoms undergo beta-minus decay (electron emission) and produce a beta particle and a nitrogen-14 atom.

A neutron in the atom undergoes decay and will produce a proton, electron (the beta particle ) and an electron antineutrino.

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