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Problem 60 Hard Difficulty

The half-life of the uranium isotope $^{235} \mathrm{U}$ is 700 million years. The earth is approximately 4.5 billion years old. How much more $^{235} \mathrm{U}$ was there when the earth formed than there is today? Give your answer as the then-to-now ratio.

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$\frac{\left(N_{\mathrm{U}}\right)_{o}}{N_{\mathrm{U}}}=86.2$

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