The radioactive element polonium decays according to the law given below where Q0 is the initial amount and the time t is measured in days.
Q(t) = Q0 · 2-(t/140)
If the amount of polonium left after 700 days is 45 mg, what was the initial amount present?
Calculus - Steve, Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 10:40am
Q0 2^-(700/140) = 45
Note that 700 days is 5 half-lives
So, 1/32 of Q0 is left
Q0 = 32*45 = 1440