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If you have 24 grams of an unstable atom with a half life of 5,000 years, how many grams would be left after 15,000 years?

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    k = 0.693/t1/2

    Then substitute k into the equation below.
    ln(No/N) = kt
    No = 24
    N = solve for this
    k from top equation
    t = 15,000
    Post your work if you get stuck.
    Of course the much easier way is to say you go through three half lives so you are left with 1/8 of 24 = 3 grams.

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