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How do the three main types of nuclear particles differ from one another?
Alpha particles cannot penetrate the skin, beta particles can be blocked by aluminum, and gamma rays require materials like lead to adequately block radiation exposure.
Alpha particles emit high energy waves and lead must be used to block them. Beta particles and gamma rays are the least penetrating and can be blocked by skin.
Both alpha and beta particles lack the energy to penetrate skin while gamma rays can only be blocked by lead.
Luckily, none of the three main types of particles - alpha, beta, or gamma - can penetrate skin so the only risk of radiation exposure comes from them being swallowed.
Gamma rays cannot penetrate the skin, alpha particles can be blocked by aluminum, and beta particles require materials like lead to adequately block radiation exposure.