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Radioactive Decay chain and Masses of Products

  1. Jun 12, 2007 #1
    Hello,

    Based on a starting isotope, isotope mass, and duration of time, what calculations would be used to find the mass remaining of each individual nuclide in the decay chain after the time period? I think that the rate at which the final product is formed depends most on the nuclide with the highest half-life, as chemical systems in chemistry are reliant on the rate determining step. However, what I find difficult to visualise is how much of the other nuclides would be left. I presume that, depending on the time interval, all the low-half-life nuclides before the first long-half-life nuclide would pretty much be gone, with certain quantities of other nuclides after the long-life nuclide being present. Can someone please elaborate on the calculations necessary?

    Thanks!
     
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  3. Jun 12, 2007 #2

    malawi_glenn

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    have you tried Bateman equations?
     
  4. Jun 12, 2007 #3
    Thanks, I researched them and they are exactly what I need.
     
  5. Jun 12, 2007 #4

    malawi_glenn

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    great, good luck with your task! =)
     
  6. Jun 13, 2007 #5
    If anyone is experienced with C++ programming, could they please help here? I have another problem with this task:

    https://www.physicsforums.com/showthread.php?t=173810

    Thanks!
     
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