The rate law just given can be translated as: "The rate of disappearance of carbon-14 atoms is proportional to the number of carbon-14 atoms that are present per liter and available for decay." Since each atom has the same inherent probability
of decaying during a specified time interval, and since the probability
of one atom's decaying is independent of the presence or absence of other
atoms, this is the rate law that would be expected intuitively. [C-14]
represents the concentration of carbon-14, and Since the carbon-14
concentration decreases with time, _{2}
and I_{2} |