1. ## Linearizing

Im in need of some serious help.

I'm given the problem of the theoretical radioactive decay.

N=(N0)(e^(-.693t/t½))

It needs to look like y=mx+b
t½= t sub 1/2
N0= N sub zero
y=N/No

This is linearizing equations and I dont even know where to begin. Any help at all?

2. Hi Chayned,

Let's define $\lambda = t_{\frac{1}{2}}$ . We have

$N=N_0\cdot e^{\left(\dfrac{-0.693t}{\lambda}\right)}$

Well a good start would be to log both sides with base e (You will see why in a minute)

$\implies \ln(N)=\ln \left\{N_0\cdot e^{\left(\dfrac{-0.693t}{\lambda}\right)}\right\}$

$\implies \ln(N)=\ln(N_0)+\ln \left\{e^{\left(\dfrac{-0.693t}{\lambda}\right)}\right\}$ Since $\ln (ab) \equiv \ln (a) + \ln (b)$

$\implies \ln (N)=\frac{-0.693t}{\lambda}+ \ln (N_0)$ Since $\ln (e^a) \equiv a$

$\implies \ln (N)=\frac{-0.693}{\lambda} \cdot t + \ln (N_0)$ Which is of the form $y=mx+b$ where $y=\ln (N)~,~m=\frac{-0.693}{\lambda}~,~x=t$ and $b=\ln (N_0)$