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Ionizing Power of alpha and beta particles

Which has greater ionization power alpha or beta?

 

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Answer:

 

Alpha particles have greater ionization power as they have two units of positive charge and 4 units of mass, whereas beta has only one unit of negative charge and negligible mass as compared to alpha.

 

English: Diagram of an alpha particle with notes.

 


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