posted by Jazmin on .
K-42 has a half-life of 12.4 hours. If you begin with 250g of
K-42, determine how much you will have left after 4 half-lives.
How long does 4 half-lives take?
There is a shorter way, I think, but this is what I would do.
k = 0.693/t1/2
Substitute k into the equation below.
ln(No/N) = kt
No = 250
N = unknown
k from above.
t = time = 4*12.4 = ??
The short way is (n = number of half lives)
1/2^n = fraction left
1/2^4 = ?? and ?? x 250 = xx.
You should get the same answer either way.