Originally Posted by **Jrt** Hiya
Was wandering if anyone could explain the following:
n+ p - k+ x
Deduce the relative charge, baryon number and strangeness of particle x ?
Thanks |

We have a rather large problem here. I'm presuming k stands for a kaon, which is a meson. The left hand side has two baryons, whereas the right hand side has at most one baryon (your mystery particle x.)

This reaction cannot happen if k is a kaon so there is no point in going further.

-Dan

Edit: Is your reaction actually $\displaystyle n \rightarrow p + K + x$? We can work with that one. (Dynamically this one can't happen either, but we can provide answers to your questions using this "reaction.")