Radioactive decay simulation Chemistry

background [prelab assignment (15 points) due at the beginning of lab]

describe a method using graphical analysis (of a graph of # radioactive isotopes versus time) to determine the half-life of a radioactive isotope

describe a method using graphical analysis (of a graph of ln # radioactive isotopes versus time) to determine the decay constant of a radioactive isotope

describe the Excel command / syntax for "randbetween"

purpose

use an Excel-based model to simulate radioactive isotope decay (start with 500 & end with < 50 simulated isotopes; read below content of your lab report for other aspects of the lab)

determine the half-life and decay constant; compare 6- versus 10- sided dice

materials

Microsoft Excel template

methods / data analysis

student design

Content of lab report [20 points]

data analysis  -  for 6- & 10- sided dice

resources

lab activity source (examples):  site 1  & site 2 [access 4 / 2009]