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Posted by ronnieday on Monday, March 19, 2012 at 12:43pm.

The rate at which an amount of a radioactive substance decays is modeled by the differential equation dA/dt = kA, where A is the mass in grams, t is the time in years, and k is a constant. Answer the following.

a) If a 100-gram sample of the radioactive substance decays to 95 grams after 1 year, find an equation that can model the mass of the of the sample after t years.
b) Find the mass of the sample after 50 years.
c) The half-life of a substance is the amount of time it takes for a sample to decay to half its original size. Find the half-life of the radioactive substance.

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