Lab 7: Radioactivity
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Experiment 1: Estimating Half-Life
Table 2: Half-Life Experimental Results
Total number of atoms:
Trial Number of decayed atoms Average Percentage of decayed atoms (from original number)
1st Round 2nd Round 3rd Round
1. What is meant by the term half-life?
2. At the end of two half-lives, what percentage of atoms (Skittles™) have not decayed? Show your calculation.
3. Using your data, graph the number of undecayed atoms vs. trials below to show when 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, and 1/16 of your Skittles remain (use the values next to the boxes you put checks next to in Step 8 of the procedure).
4. How would the graph change if 20 Skittles were used in this experiment?
5. If 1/8 of a radioactive element remains after 600 years, what is that element’s half-life?
1. Please include a brief one Paragraph Learning Summary that described what you thought the main take-aways were for the lab and what you think that you learned by doing this experiment.
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