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a radiotactive isotope lose 1/5 of its atoms in a sample decay after 14 years. find the half life.

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    if k is the half-life time, then

    .8 = 1 (1/2)^(14/k)
    log .8 = (14/k)(log .5)
    14/k = log.8/log.5
    k/14 = log.5/log.8
    k = 14(log.5)/log.8 = 43.48

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