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if your smoke detector contains 0.10 mg of 241Am, how long will it take to decay 1.25 * 10^-2mg

  • Chemitry -

    I assume you mean how long will it take to decay from 0.10 mg to 1.25E-2 mg?

    k = 0.693/t1/2
    ln(No/N) = kt
    No = 0.10 mg
    N = 1.25E-2 mg
    k from above.
    Substitute and solve for t. You will need to look up the half life of Am241.

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