# Problem: 239Pu is a nuclear waste byproduct with a half-life of 24,000 y. What fraction of the 239Pu present today will be present in 1000 y?

###### FREE Expert Solution

Recall that radioactive/nuclear decay of isotopes follows first-order kinetics, and the integrated rate law for first-order reactions is:

$\overline{){\mathbf{ln}}{\mathbf{\left[}\mathbf{N}\mathbf{\right]}}_{{\mathbf{t}}}{\mathbf{=}}{\mathbf{-}}{\mathbf{kt}}{\mathbf{+}}{\mathbf{ln}}{\mathbf{\left[}\mathbf{N}\mathbf{\right]}}_{{\mathbf{0}}}}$

Step 1Find decay constant (k):

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239Pu is a nuclear waste byproduct with a half-life of 24,000 y. What fraction of the 239Pu present today will be present in 1000 y?