What is the difference between Radiation and Radioactive Materials?
Radiation in the form of radiant particles or rays, is the result of a nuclear disintegration.
Radioactive materials are atoms that have stored energy and may disintegrate in the future, releasing radiation.
However, exactly when they will disintegrate is a very interesting thing. It depends on probability and half-life.
What is Meant by Half-life?
A radioactive material with a short half-life will decay sooner, so it gives up its stored energy much faster. That makes is more radioactive and harder to handle and work with.
A radioactive material with a long half-life will decay later, so it gives up its stored energy much more slowly. That makes it less radioactive and easier to handle and work with.
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