. The radioisotope californium-250 decays via alpha emission primarily to the ground state of curium-246 (85% probability) and to the first excited state at 42.9 keV (15% probability).
(a) Draw the decay diagram.
250Cf (13.08 y)
(b) Given the Q-value of this reaction is 6.128 MeV, determine the energies of the two associated alpha particles. Show all work.
c) How many significant digits should these energy values have? Why?