We’re being asked to determine how many grams of 206Hg will you have after 17.5 years.
Recall that radioactive/nuclear decay of isotopes follows first-order kinetics, and the integrated rate law for first-order reactions is:
[N]t = concentration at time t
k = decay constant
t = time
[N]0 = initial concentration.
We go through the following steps to solve the problem:
Step 1. Calculate the mass of 210Pb remaining
Step 2. Calculate the mass of 210Pb that decayed
Step 3. Calculate moles 210Pb decayed
Step 4. Calculate moles 206Hg produced
Step 5. Calculate mass 206Hg produced
210Pb has a half-life of 22.3 years and decays to produce 206Hg. If you start with 7.50 g of 210Pb, how many grams of 206Hg will you have after 17.5 years?
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