Ionising Radiation
Quantum and Nuclear

Where does beta radiation come from?

Physics Narrative for 14-16 Supporting Physics Teaching

Making the wrong connections in thinking about the production of beta radiation

Wrong Track: Beta radiation consists of electrons, and electrons come from the atomic orbits outside the nucleus.

Right Lines: Beta radiation originates in the nucleus of the atom. In beta emission a neutron within the nucleus is converted into a proton and an electron, and the electron is emitted.

Ionising Radiation
is used in analyses relating to Radioactive dating
can be analysed using the quantity Half-Life Decay Constant Activity
features in Medical Physics
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