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Why Is A Unimolecular Reaction Analogous to Decay 
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#1
Jan1211, 10:13 AM

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Hi,
I've noticed that the same method is used to derive both decay rate and the reaction rate for a unimolecular reaction. The thing I don't understand is, how do we know that the rate of a nuclear reaction is only dependent on k*t I mean with chemistry, this is something you find out by experiment. what about in nuclear? 


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Jan1211, 11:07 AM

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Theory is based on assumption that any nucleus decays independently of the others at a random time. That leads to Poisson statistics which provides results such as exponential decay with the halflife rule. All of which can be checked with experiment.



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