## If 1.7 kg of 238Pu is required to power the spacecraft’s data transmitter, for how long after launch would scientists be able to receive dat

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If 1.7 kg of 238Pu is required to power the spacecraft’s data transmitter, for how long after launch would scientists be able to receive data? Round to the nearest year. Do not round intermediate calculations.

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The isotope of Plutonium 238Pu is used to make thermoeletric power sources for spacecraft. Suppose that a space probe was launched in 2012 with 3.5 kg of 238Pu.

(a) If the half-life of 238Pu is 87.7 yr, write a function of the form to model the quantity Q(t) of 238Pu  left after t years. Round ythe value of k to 3 decimal places. Do not round intermediate calculations.

(b) If 1.7kg of 238Pu is required to power the spacecraft’s data transmitter, for low long after launch would scientists be able to receive data? Round to the nearest year. Do not round intermediate calculations.

Answer: (a)

(b) 91 years.

Explanation:

(a) Half-life is time it takes a substance to decrease to half of itself, i.e.:

Q(t) =

k = 0.0079

Knowing k and =3.5kg, function is

(b) Using function:

t = 91.41

t ≈ 91 years

Scientists will be able to receive data for approximately 91 years.