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Radioactive materials are often used in biological studies. A radiation biologist studies the rate of decomposition of a certain substance and obtains the following data:
Time(days) 0 4.0 8.0 12.0 16.0
Mass (μg) 15.50 10.90 7.67 5.39 3.79
Determine the rate constant in units of day^(-1).

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    I would do this.
    ln(No/N) = kt
    No = what you started with.
    N = what you ended up with.
    k = what you're looking for.
    t = time = 4 days
    I would plug in all the data, find k for each 4 day period, then average all of the values of k together.

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