Symbols and Notations
The following symbols and notations are used in WWW versions of the WPI Radiation Safety Office documents:
- Used in place of the greek letter alpha in regard to alpha particles.
- Used in place of the greek letter beta in regard to beta particles.
- Used in place of the greek letter gamma in regard to gamma rays.
- Used in place of the greek letter lambda in regard to wavelength
- This symbol for the Angstrom, may or may not display properly on all browsers.
- This is a right arrow.
- This notation is used to describe a nuclide where a = mass number, z = atomic number, and X = element. Example: 14,6C is the isotope of carbon with mass number 14. This isotope may also be written as C-14.
- m to the nth power. Example: 5^3 = 125
- m times 10 to the nth power. Example: 8E-3 = 0.008
- The exponential of x. Example: exp(1) = 2.71828