WTF?!? Tritium decaying into helium?!?!

HTF can tritium, a hydrogen isotope, decay into an element with a greater atomic number?!?!?!?

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why do you think it can't?!?

4 nucleons turn into ..... 4 other nucleons.
Big deal.

Tritium, one proton and two neotrons.
A neotron undergoes β-emission (loses an electron) thus turning the neutron into a proton.

Or at least, that's how I remember it.
I guess it 'just picks up' an extra electron, assuming the one from the β-emission escapes too fast to be caught.

[sup]3[/sup]H → [sup]3[/sup]He + e[sup]-[/sup]

Ooops,
3 nucleons decay into 3 nucleons then lol

This is called beta decay. The substrates of the beta decay has too many neutrons, so they balance the stuff by changing some neutrons to protons... therefore the atomic number rises.

See Potassium is superior in that it doesnt decay, like helium or other inferior elements.

Actually, K is radioactive; specimens emit weak gamma rays because K-40 decays by beta decay into Ar-40.

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