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Unformatted text preview: Example 2.7 In many scientiFc problems use is made of radioactive decay. Certain radioactive elements are unstable and within a certain period the atoms degenerate to form another element. However, in a speciFed time period the decay is quite speciFc. In the early twentieth century the famous physicist Ernest Rutherford showed that the radioactivity of a substance is directly proportional to the number of atoms...
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