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A radioactive substance decays from 2.0kg to 1.6kg in 156 days.
What is the decay constant and the half life of the substance?

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    If T is the half life in days
    (1.6)/2.0 = (T/156)^(1/2)
    0.8 = 0.08006 T^1/2
    9.992 = T^1/2
    T = 99.8 days

    The decay constant k is related to the half life by

    k = ln2/T

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