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Notice in Table 33.2 that the neutron has a half-life of 882 seconds. This is only for a free neutron, not bound with other neutrons and protons in a nucleus. Given the other particles in the table, and using both their charge and masses, what do you think the most likely decay products for a neutron are? Justify your answer.
$n \rightarrow p + e^-$

• Charge is conserved
• Energy is released, making the reaction spontaneous.
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