posted by Lynette
An element has a half-life of 30 years. If 1.0 mg of this element decays over a period of 90 years, how many mg of this element would remain?
Begin amount is 1.0
elapsed time is 90y half life 30 years
90/8 = 11.25mg
thinking it's wrong not sure what I missed.
A 2.5 gram sample of a radioactive element was formed in a 1960 explosion of an atomic bomb at Johnson Island in the Pacific Test Site. The half-life of the radioactive element is 28 years. How much of this element will remain after 112 years?
I tried it this way 112/28= 4 half lives then 2.5/3 1.25
which is the correct way to do these problems. Am I doing that the correct way
1. 30 years= 3 1/2 lives so
1.0mg ->30yrs-> 0.5mg