1. ## half life

An unknown radioactive element decays into non-radioactive substances. In days the radioactivity of a sample decreases by percent.
(a) What is the half-life of the element?

2. Originally Posted by amiv4
An unknown radioactive element decays into non-radioactive substances. In days the radioactivity of a sample decreases by percent.
(a) What is the half-life of the element?

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3. Originally Posted by amiv4
An unknown radioactive element decays into non-radioactive substances. In days the radioactivity of a sample decreases by percent.
(a) What is the half-life of the element?
initial amount of substance, $A_0 = x$

final amount of substance, $A_N = x - 0.75x = 0.25x$

time, t = 980 days

half life = h = ?

$A_N = A_0 \left(\frac{1}{2}\right)^{\frac{t}{h}}$

$0.25x = x \left(\frac{1}{2}\right)^{\frac{980}{h}}$

$0.25 = \left(\frac{1}{2}\right)^{\frac{980}{h}}$

$\left(\frac{1}{2}\right)^2 = \left( \frac{1}{2} \right)^{\frac{980}{h}}$

$
2 = \frac{980}{h}$

h = 490 days

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