Problem: The half-life for the radioactive decay of U-238 is 4.5 billion years and is independent of initial concentration.If a sample of U-238 initially contained 1.6×1018 atoms when the universe was formed 13.8 billion years ago, how many U-238 atoms will it contain today?

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We’re being asked to determine how many U-238 atoms will a sample of U-238 contain today if it initially contained 1.6 x 1018 atoms when the universe formed 13.8 billion years ago. 

The half-life of U-238 is 4.5 billion years.


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The half-life for the radioactive decay of U-238 is 4.5 billion years and is independent of initial concentration.

If a sample of U-238 initially contained 1.6×1018 atoms when the universe was formed 13.8 billion years ago, how many U-238 atoms will it contain today?