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