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11.9: Radioactive Decay as a Measure of Age

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daughter product

The product of the radioactive decay of a parent isotope.

half-life

The amount of time required for half of the atoms of a radioactive substance to decay to the daughter product.

parent isotope

An unstable isotope that will undergo radioactive decay.

radioactive isotope

Substance that is unstable and likely to decay into another isotope.

radioactivity

Emission of high-energy particles by unstable isotopes.

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