How do you calculate half life?


To calculate half of a life, you will first need to know how long the whole life is. If a person lived to be 80, then half of that life would be 40. You will just divide the age at which the person or animal died, by two.
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1. Solve for the natural logarithm, or the "LN, of 1/2. This expresses that 50 percent of the original amount of the isotope has decayed. 2. Find the rate of decay for the isotope
Check the time between your first decay rate and when the decay rate reaches half this number.
it takes 713 million years for half of the U235 to decay to lead-207. half-lives: 1 = 50% U235 . & 50% lead-207. 2 = 25% U235 & 75% lead-207. 3 = 12.5% U235 and 87.5% lead
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How to Calculate Half-Lifes
A half-life is the time that a substance takes for half of it to disappear. For example, the half-life of uranium-235 is 700 million years. It takes another 700 million years for half of the remainder to decay. Therefore after 1.4 billion years, 25% of... More »
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