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Posted by on Monday, November 23, 2009 at 7:19pm.

If a sample of a radioactive isotope has a half-life of 5 year(s), how much of the original sample will be left at the end of the second year?

How much will be left at the end of the third year of thr original sample?

How much will be left at the end of the fourth year of the original sample?

  • Physics - , Monday, November 23, 2009 at 7:45pm

    Fraction left at t = (1/2)^(t/T)
    where T is the half life, which is 5 years in this case.

    For the first question, solve
    (1/2)^(2/5) = 75.8%

    Repeat using the same formula for the other times t.

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