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Posted by on Monday, February 13, 2012 at 4:35pm.

A 25.40 g sample of water containing tritium,(3/1)H , emits 1450 beta particles per second. Tritium is a weak beta emitter, with a half-life of 12.3 yr. What fraction of all the hydrogen in the water sample is tritium?

  • Chemistry - , Monday, February 13, 2012 at 4:55pm

    I would convert 12.3 years to seconds, then k = 0.693/t1/2.
    rate = 1450 dps = kN
    Solve for N = number of atoms.
    Then determine the fraction that is of 25.40 g H2O H atoms. Remember H2O has two H atoms.

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