The organization of nuclei based on their constituent nucleons. The y-axis increases with proton number, and the x-axis increases with neutron number. Several interactive charts exist online.
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The atomic nucleus is a bound object, and thus has a mass less than the sum of its constituent parts (protons and neutrons). This energy can be released in nuclear reactions.
Due to their near identical nature, the two constituent particle that make up nuclei (protons and neutrons) can be classed as projections of the same particle, the nucleon.
Unstable nuclei emit radiation to decrease their total energy. We will discuss each of the main decay modes in detail. (Source: http://philschatz.com)
As the semester evolves, watch these pages for useful refreshers and additional information on the fundamentals of nuclear physics.
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