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Anthony Havens Jr08.01 Half-Life and Radioactive DecayPurposeThe purpose of this hands-on lab is to model the concept of half-life using a sample to representradioactive atoms.Materials200 M&M® candies, pennies, or other small candy/item with two distinct sidesshoe box or other small box with a lidProcedurePlace 200 candies in the shoe box, lettered sides up. The candies will stand for atoms of ahypothetical radioactive element.Cover the box and shake it vigorously for three seconds. This is one time interval.Remove the lid and take out any candies (atoms) that are now showing lettered sides down.These candies represent the atoms that decayed during the time interval. Count and record ina data table the number of decayed atoms and the number of remaining, not decayed, atoms.Continue repeating steps two and three until all atoms have decayed or you have reached 30seconds on the data table.

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Fall
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Valarie Ruwe

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