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For a given neutron, however, by chance the number of scatterings before being absorbed varies widely. The program ABSCAT uses random numbers to describe the process. Run the program several times to note the variation. Explain how the expected number of scatterings per absorption is calculated. D The computer program SCATTER shows the general elastic collision of a neutron with a stationary nucleus, in which the neutron loses energy and moves off at an angle from the original direction, while the struck nucleus recoils in another direction.
7 Â 1010 dps, which is an early measured value of the activity per gram of radium. 1 mCi. The half-life tells us how long it takes for half of the nuclei to decay, whereas a related quantity, the mean life, t (tau), is the average time elapsed for decay of an individual nucleus. 693. 6 y. B displays formulas, calculations, and a graph of decay. 3 RADIOACTIVE CHAINS Radionuclides arise in several processes. They may be produced by the bombardment of stable nuclei by charged particles as in an accelerator or by neutrons as in a nuclear reactor.
21 H þ g: This process occurs in reactors that use ordinary water. 49 MeV, 1:008665 þ 1:007825 ! 22 MeV. This energy is shared by the deuterium atom and the gamma ray, which has no rest mass. A similar calculation can be made for the proton-lithium reaction of the previous section. 002147 amu. 3 MeV. This energy is shared by the two a particles. The calculations just completed tell us the total kinetic energy of the product particles but do not reveal how much each has or what the speeds are. To find this information we must apply the principle of conservation of momentum.