kiwi asked in Science & MathematicsChemistry · 5 months ago

If an atom loses a neutron, what happens?

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  • 5 months ago

    The atom becomes a different isotope of the SAME element is what happens.

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  • Lôn
    Lv 7
    5 months ago

    It becomes another isotope of that element.

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  • Mike A
    Lv 7
    5 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.

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  • Pyrus
    Lv 6
    5 months ago

    If an atom either gains or loses a neutron, it will become an isotope.

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