Posted by lala on Tuesday, April 13, 2010 at 7:43pm.
A certain radioactive material decays exponetially. The percent, P, of the material left after t years is given by P(t)= 100(1.2)^t
a)Determine the half life of the substance

Calculus  Reiny, Tuesday, April 13, 2010 at 8:34pm
From the equation we can see that the original amount was 100 units
So we want to know when that amount becomes 50
50 = 100(1.2)^t
.5 = 1.2^t
log(.5)= log(1.2^t)
log(.5)= tlog(1.2)
t = log(.5)/log(1.2)
= 3.8
so t = 3.8 years is the halflife time