November 27, 2015

Homework Help: Chemistry

Posted by Nancy on Sunday, September 22, 2013 at 12:26am.

The half life of U238 is 4.5 x 10^9 yr. A sample of rock of 1.6 g produces 29 dis/sec. Assuming all radioactivity is due to U238 find percent by mass of U 238.

I have tried
ln(t)/ln(0)= -kt and still cannot get the answer
What I get is
A) 4.5x10^9 x365x60x60x24=1.419x10^17 for half life
B) .693/1.419x10^17=4.883x10-18

C) ln t/ln 29= -(4.883x10^-18)

That is the farthest I've gotten. Can someone help?

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