Half-Life


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Mike Vinci 2B
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Half-Life

Postby Mike Vinci 2B » Sun Mar 04, 2018 5:50 pm

Could someone elaborate on half-life and its significance in this chapter? I have the equations to find half-life, but I'm confused about its relevance and application in the chapter.

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Mike

Sarah Clemens 1B
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Re: Half-Life

Postby Sarah Clemens 1B » Sun Mar 04, 2018 5:58 pm

You might be asked to calculate how much of a substance will be left after a specific amount of time has passed, in which case you could use the half life equation to answer

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Re: Half-Life

Postby SPandya1F » Sun Mar 04, 2018 6:27 pm

Half-Life is the time it takes for one-half of the atoms of a radioactive material to disintegrate. The "half" is an arbitrary amount that represents the amount disintegrated; it can be a "quarter-life" or a "fifth-life". It is useful in dating artifacts, treating patients, and calculating waste storage time.


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