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    Need help logarithmic exc.

    Im stuck on this study question.

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    Iodine-135 has a half life of 8 days. How long would it take for 28kg of iodine-135 to decay to 200g?

    The answer s 57.03 days.

    Could someone explain how this answer was gotten? The unit is logarithmic funtions so I assume that they are involved, but how?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Skor View Post
    Im stuck on this study question.

    It says.

    Iodine-135 has a half life of 8 days. How long would it take for 28kg of iodine-135 to decay to 200g?

    The answer s 57.03 days.

    Could someone explain how this answer was gotten? The unit is logarithmic funtions so I assume that they are involved, but how?
    This an exponential decay problem, so the formula is:
    m(t) = m_0e^{-kt}

    where m_0 is the original amount of material and k is a constant equal to \frac{ln(2)}{t_{1/2}} where t_{1/2} is the half-life.

    So:
    0.200 = 28 e^{-ln(2)t/(8)} where t is in days.

    \frac{0.200}{28} = e^{-0.086643t}

    0.007143 = e^{-0.086643t}

    ln(0.007143) = -0.086643t

    -4.94164 = -0.086643t

    t = \frac{-4.94164}{-0.086643} = 57.0343\, days

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    Hello, Skor!

    Iodine-135 has a half-life of 8 days.
    How long would it take for 28 kg of Iodine-135 to decay to 200 g?

    The answer s 57.03 days.
    There is a half-life formula, but we can derive it ourselves.

    Assume an exponential function: I\:=\:c\,e^{-kt}
    . . where I is the amount of I-135 at time t (days).
    Let I_o = original amount of I-135.

    At the very beginning (t = 0), we have: . I_o \:=\:c\,e^0\quad\Rightarrow\quad c\:=\:I_o

    In 8 days, only half of the I-135 remains. .That is, when t = 8,\;I = \frac{1}{2}I_o
    So we have: . \frac{1}{2}I_o\:=\:I_o\,e^{-8k}\quad\Rightarrow\quad e^{-8k} \:=\:\frac{1}{2}

    Rewrite in logarithmic form: . -8k \:=\:\ln\left(\frac{1}{2}\right) \:=\:\ln\left(2^{-1}\right) \:=\:-\ln 2
    . . Hence:. . k \:=\:\frac{\ln 2}{8}

    Therefore, the function is: . I \:=\:I_o\,e^{-\frac{\ln2}{8}t}


    We are told that: . I_o \:=\:28\text{ kg}\:=\:28,000\text{ g} and I \:=\:200\text{ g}

    So we have: . 200 \:=\:28,000e^{-\frac{\ln 2}{8}t}

    . . e^{-\frac{\ln2}{8}t}\:=\:\frac{1}{140}\quad\Rightarrow  \quad -\frac{\ln 2}{8}t \:=\:\ln\left(\frac{1}{140}\right) \:=\:-\ln140

    Therefore: . t\:=\:\frac{8\ln140}{\ln2} \:=\:57.03426414\:\approx\: 57.03\text{ days}

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