Problem: Radium-226, which undergoes alpha decay, has a half-life of 1600 yr.How many alpha particles are emitted in 5.00 min by a 10.0 mg sample of 226Ra?

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We’re being asked to determine how many alpha particles are emitted in 5.00 min by a 10.0 mg sample of 226Ra


Step 1. Calculate the decay constant. 

Recall that half-life is the time needed for the amount of a reactant to decrease by 50% or one-half


The half-life of a first-order reaction is given by:


t12 = ln 2k


where:

t1/2 = half-life

k = decay constant


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Radium-226, which undergoes alpha decay, has a half-life of 1600 yr.

How many alpha particles are emitted in 5.00 min by a 10.0 mg sample of 226Ra?

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