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Strontium-90 in Milk In the years immediately following the explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, the concentration of $^{90} \mathrm{Sr}$ in cow's milk in southern Europe was slightly elevated. Some samples contained as much as 1.25 Bq/L of $^{90}$ Sr radioactivity. The half-life of strontium- 90 is 28.8 years.

a. Write a balanced nuclear equation describing the decay of $^{90} \mathrm{Sr}$

b. How many atoms of $^{90} \mathrm{Sr}$ are in a 200 -mL glass of milk with $1.25 \mathrm{Bq} / \mathrm{L}$ of $^{90}$ Sr radioactivity?

c. Why would strontium- 90 be more concentrated in milk than other foods, such as grains, fruits, or vegetables?

a. ${ }_{38}^{90} \mathrm{Sr} \rightarrow{ }_{-1}{ }^{0} \beta+{ }_{39}^{90} \mathrm{Y}$

b. $3.28 \times 10^{890} \mathrm{Sr}$

c. calcium.

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