posted by lolo on .
How long will it take for the 100mg of cesium-137 to decay to 6.25mg(1/16 the original amount)?
2n = 16
Solve for n = number of half lives.
still i can't understand it
Do you have the half-life given in the problem or are you allowed to look it up? If so there is an easier way to set it up.
To solve 2n = 16, take the log of both sides.
log 2n = log 16
n*log 2 = log 16
n*0.301 = 1.2 etc.
There is another way. Remember that half-life means the time it takes for 1/2 the material to disappear. So make a table like this. The periods are used for spacing.
So whatever the half-life is, multiply that by 4 and you will have the time it takes to go through 4 half-lives.
thanks alot , this answer really helped me to understand this question