Now for application:
Radioactive iodine is used to determine the health of the thyroid gland. It decays according to the equation y = ae^-0.0856t, where t is in days. Find the approximate half-life of this substance.
So y = 1e^0.0856t (1 is the whole amount of the substance)
Am I supposed to plug in an arbitrary number of days for t and find y, or make 1 into 0, or what?
First, for a new question create a new thread.
Second, please get in the habit of using parenthesis for these. The function you want is
y = 1e^(-0.0856t)
(You left out the minus sign as well!)
Okay, now to your question. You want the "half-life" so you wish to know for what t value is y = (1/2)a.
Now, so...
where t is in whatever time unit you are using, in this case days.
-Dan
PS I think the "long hard way" of doing this problem is probably the most beneficial right now. But then, I always do.
i agree, especially for students who have little experience with the material. the manipulation is important for them to learn.
there are a lot of things in math i usually do the hard way as opposed to memorizing formulas (for some reason i find it easier to learn how to work something out than memorize a formula), but this isn't one of them
Sorry.
Doesn't seem any harder or longer than any other equations. In fact I get that one better. Thanks guys.Okay, now to your question. You want the "half-life" so you wish to know for what t value is y = (1/2)a.
Now, so...
where t is in whatever time unit you are using, in this case days.
-Dan
PS I think the "long hard way" of doing this problem is probably the most beneficial right now. But then, I always do.