Question
Explain why the overall charge of the nucleus is increased by +1 during the $\beta$ decay process.
A neutron converts to a proton in the nucleus, along with an emission of an electron.
Solution Video

# OpenStax College Physics Solution, Chapter 31, Problem 7 (Test Prep for AP® Courses) (0:22)

View sample solution
Video Transcript

This is College Physics Answers with Shaun Dychko. During the <i>β</i>-decay process, a neutron turns into a proton in the nucleus and the electron is emitted, it's also called a <i>β</i>-particle but the additional plus 1 charge in the nucleus is resulting from the fact the the neutron turned into a proton.