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  1. #1 Cobalt beta decay 
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    60/27Co → 60/28Ni + e− + νe

    A proton is composed of two up quarks, and one down. The neutron is of 1 up, 2 down.

    The neutron is converted into a proton while also emitting an electron (called a beta particle in this context) and an antineutrino:
    n0 → p+ + e− + νe

    This must mean then that one of the down quarks is converted to an up quark in order to form the proton. So then, where does the electron and anti neutrino originate from? Is a down quark at a higher energy level then an up quark?

    In the first equation, a proton is gained which then forms Ni, although it does not show a neutron being lost....where does the neutron come from?

    Below that they mention something else strange (not the quark). They claim W and Z Bosons have 100X the mass of a proton; we know that electrons have little mass compared to a proton, and apparently so do anti neutrinos; yet, they put down: W− → e− + νe What??? Mass/energy is lost in this equation, is it not?

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