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(a) Decay constant

To solve the decay constant, use the equation below:

A=A0e−λtA=A0e−λt
AA0=e−λtAA0=e−λt
Perform the substitution of the given values.

0.30=e−λ(7)0.30=e−λ(7)
Simplify.

ln|0.30|=−λ(7)ln|0.30|=−λ(7)
λ=−ln|0.30|7λ=−ln|0.30|7
Then, we now have:

λ=0.172 days−1λ=0.172 days−1

(b) Half life


Use the definition of the half life:

thl=ln 2λthl=ln 2λ
Do the substitution.

thl=ln 20.172 days−1thl=ln 20.172 days−1


thl=4.03 daysthl=4.03 days

(c) Mean Life


Use the definition of the mean life and solve.

τ=1λτ=1λ
Do the substitution:

τ=10.172 days−1τ=10.172 days−1


τ=5.81 days