Problem: Phosphorus-32 is a commonly used radioactive nuclide in biochemical research, particularly in studies of nucleic acids. The half-life of phosphorus-32 is 14.3 days. What mass of phosphorus-32 is left from an original sample of 175 mg Na332PO4 after 35.0 days? Assume the atomic mass of 32P is 32.0 u.

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t12 = ln 2kk = ln 2t12k = 0.69314.3 days

k = 0.04847 days-1


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Phosphorus-32 is a commonly used radioactive nuclide in biochemical research, particularly in studies of nucleic acids. The half-life of phosphorus-32 is 14.3 days. What mass of phosphorus-32 is left from an original sample of 175 mg Na332PO4 after 35.0 days? Assume the atomic mass of 32P is 32.0 u.