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Take a radioactive sample.Every radioactive metal has the tendency to disintegrate.Then how is it possible that only half of the taken atoms disintegrate at some particular interval of time?

Take a radioactive sample.Every radioactive metal has the tendency to disintegrate.Then how is it possible that only half of the taken atoms disintegrate at some particular interval of time?

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SAGAR SINGH - IIT DELHI
879 Points
11 years ago

Dear harini,

Half-life is the period of time it takes for a substance undergoing decay to decrease by half. The name was originally used to describe a characteristic of unstable atoms (radioactive decay), but may apply to any quantity which follows a set-rate decay.

 

SAGAR SINGH

B.Tech, Chemical Engg

IIT Delhi

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