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Thorium-232 undergoes alpha decay and has a half-life of 1.4 * 10^10 years. How long will it take for a 1.00mg sample of thorium-232 to be reduced to 0.5mg?

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    The simple answer:
    It will take 1.4E10 years.
    If the half life is 1.4E10 and you want exactly 1/2 of the Th to decay, it will take just one half life. right?

    You can work it out.
    k = 0.693/t1/2
    ln(No/N) = kt.
    No = 1.0 mg
    N = 0.5 mg
    k from above.
    Solve for t.
    You should obtain 1.4E10 years.

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