4.78 x 1016 e
(0.263/yr) (12 yr)
2.04 x 1015
Atomic and Nuclear Physics
The number of californium atoms that will remain in 12 years can be calculated
from Equation (1-4).
The time that it will take for the activity to reach 0.001 Ci can be determined
from Equation (1-5). First, solve Equation (1-5) for time.
Inserting the appropriate values in the right side of this equation will result in the
Plotting Radioactive Decay
It is useful to plot the activity of a nuclide as it changes over time. Plots of this type can be
used to determine when the activity will fall below a certain level. This plot is usually done
showing activity on either a linear or a logarithmic scale. The decay of the activity of a single
nuclide on a logarithmic scale will plot as a straight line because the decay is exponential.