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Posted by **Taylor** on Sunday, October 28, 2007 at 8:16pm.

my teacher didnt teach us this and expects us to know it and I dont understand!!!

could you explain it please!?

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**DrBob222**, Sunday, October 28, 2007 at 8:26pmThe half life of a material is the time it takes for exactly 1/2 of the material you started with to disintegrate into another material. In this case, the half life is 60 days. Therefore, 1/2 will be left after 60 days, 1/2 of the 1/2 (that is 1/4) will be left after 120 days (a second half life) and 1/2 of the 1/4 (=1/8) will be left after 120 days (the third half life).

The amount left is 1/2^{n}where n is the number of half lives.

1/2^{n}= 1/2^{3}= 1/8

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