Posted by amanda on .
a)indium115 has a half life of 4.5 hours. if you start with a 12.0mg sample of indium115, how much will remain after 13.5 hours?
b)how much of a 3.50mg smaple of nickel63 will remain after 368 years? the halflife of nickel63 is 92 years?

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DrBob222,
There is a short way and a long way of doing these. The short way is easy if the numbers are right. In this case they are.
a) Note that 13.5/4.5 = 3.00 half lives; therefore, 1/2 of 12.0 mg sample = 6.0 mg left after the first half life, 1/2 of that = 3.0 mg left after the 2nd half life and 1/2 of that = 1.5 mg left after the 3rd half life.
b) This is done the same way if you notice that 368 years/92 years = 4.00 half lives.
Here is the long way of doing them when the number of half lives is not an even number.
k = 0.693/t_{1/2}
ln(No/N) = kt
So, for the first one,
k = 0.693/t_{1/2}
k = 0.693/4.5 = 0.154
Then substitute into the other equation for k you've just calculated.
ln((No/N) = kt
ln(12.0/N) = 0.154*13.5
ln(12.0/N) = 2.079
Take the antilog of both sides.
12.0/N = 8.0
N = 12.0/8.0 = 1.5 mg
The b part is done the same way the long way, too.
N=12.0/1.053 =