Logarithms: Radioactive Decay
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Formula: Radioactive Decay Formula
Given: There are 11 grams of Mendelevium-257.
Mendelevium-257 has a half-life of 5.5 hours.
Find:  Use the formula above to calculate the time it would take for the given mass to degrade down to 0.03 grams. Calculate the solution for 't' to the nearest tenth using logarithms.
Solution:   t = hours