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I Radioactive Decay

  1. Mar 25, 2016 #1
    Do more unstable elements decay faster than more stable ones? Thanks!
     
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  3. Mar 25, 2016 #2

    jfizzix

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    I suppose that's how you could define relative stability.
    The more stable an element is, the longer the decay lifetime.
    That also means per unit time it would be less likely to decay than something with a shorter lifetime.
    Something "truly stable" would have effectively an infinite lifetime for decay.
     
  4. Mar 25, 2016 #3

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    How would you know something is unstable or more stable in your question? This is like asking if green apples have more green than red apples.

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