Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Physics Form 5: Chapter 5 - Half Life of Radioisotopes

  • Half life is the time taken for radioisotope to decay to half of its original quantity. 
  • Different radioisotope have different value of half life.

The half life formula is an exponential equation:

where Nt is the remaining substance after time t, N0  is the initial amount of the substance, t1/2  is the half life of the substance, and t is the elapsed time.

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Radioisotope will continue to decay to form new atom until it becomes stable

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