Talk:Neutron

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Formation of neutrons

Neutrons can be created as part of Beta decay. There are three different types of beta decay - electron emission, electron capture, and positron emission (its theoretically possible to have positron capture too, but that isn't seen in nature). The second and third types of beta decay convert a proton into a neutron. In a PET scan one of: Carbon 11, Nitrogen 13, Oxygen 15, or Fluorine 18 is used. When Carbon 11 undergoes beta decay via emission of a positron it becomes Boron 11 -- a proton has become a neutron. In situations where the atom is not energetic enough to emit a proton, you can have electron capture such as Aluminum 26 becoming Magnesium 26. --Mtur 17:26, 19 March 2007 (EDT)

Fair enough. I'm just an A-level student, don't know much, sorry. :p Vimescarrot 17:27, 19 March 2007 (EDT)
I would recommend researching something fully before posting an article. One would hope that this is not something that the Bible would try to refute. As such, if you head over to a place such as Wikipedia and look up Neutron, you will see the Stability section which explains how neutrons are created. Research, then write. To do otherwise presents incorrect information that not only does a disservice to you (believing and presenting the incorrect information) but also propagates that incorrect idea to others reading (some claim this is to be a source of information for other school students) along with being something of a joke to people who are familiar with the information. There are enough silly ideas out there that new ones don't need to be created. Remember, research first, then write. If you are writing something about science, don't be afraid to go to a page that is written by someone who understands that science and try to digest it. --Mtur 17:38, 19 March 2007 (EDT)

its theoretically possible to have positron capture too, but that isn't seen in nature

It's a while since I studied physics, but wouldn't some people argue that positron capture is the same as electron emission? Anyway, the article says that a neutron is the same mass as an electron and proton combined, but that's not actually true is it? Aloysius 09:55, 9 May 2007 (EDT)