If an atom loses a neutron, what happens?
- CarolOklaNolaLv 75 months ago
The atom becomes a different isotope of the SAME element is what happens.
- LônLv 75 months ago
It becomes another isotope of that element.
- Mike ALv 75 months ago
Atoms do not lose single neutrons but some isotopes can undergo alpha decay. In this an alpha particle is ejected from the nucleus. The alpha particle consists of 2 protons and 2 neutrons so it is identical with the nucleus of a helium 4 atom. The original atom (say atomic number X and mass number Y) will then transmute into a isotope of atomic number X-2 and a mass number Y-4.
- PyrusLv 65 months ago
If an atom either gains or loses a neutron, it will become an isotope.