Decay

Pronunciation: /dɪˈkeɪ/ ?

graph of y=2e^(-x)
Figure 1: Decay

Decay refers to the gradual breakdown of an object or substance.[1] Radioactive decay is the breakdown of atoms into smaller and possibly multiple atoms which releases radiation.

Decay can be modeled mathematically using exponential functions and half life formula.

References

  1. decay. http://wordnet.princeton.edu/. WordNet. Princeton University. (Accessed: 2011-01-08). http://wordnetweb.princeton.edu/perl/webwn?s=decay&sub=Search+WordNet&o2=&o0=1&o7=&o5=&o1=1&o6=&o4=&o3=&h=.
  2. Linda Almgren Kime, Judy Clark, Beverly K. Michael. Explorations in College Algebra, 4th edition, pp 279-283,298-309. Wiley, November 16, 2007. (Accessed: 2010-01-22).

More Information

  • McAdams, David. Exponent. allmathwords.org. All Math Words Encyclopedia. Life is a Story Problem LLC. 2009-03-12. http://www.allmathwords.org/article.aspx?lang=en&id=Exponent.
  • McAdams, David. Half Life. allmathwords.org. All Math Words Encyclopedia. Life is a Story Problem LLC. 2009-03-12. http://www.allmathwords.org/article.aspx?lang=en&id=Half%20Life.

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