Radiocarbon dating problem solving

by  |  13-Jul-2019 08:52

Although the time at which any individual atom will decay cannot be forecast, the time in which any given percentage of a sample will decay can be calculated to varying degrees of accuracy.

The time that it takes for half of a sample to decay is known as the half life of the isotope.

It suffers from the problem that rubidium and strontium are very mobile and may easily enter rocks at a much later date to that of formation.

This method for rock dating is based on the decay of potassium-40 into argon: until the rock solidifies, argon can escape, so it can in theory date the formation of rock.

uses cookies to personalize content, tailor ads and improve the user experience.

By using our site, you agree to our collection of information through the use of cookies.

Symbolically, the process of radioactive decay can be expressed by the following differential equation, where N is the quantity of decaying nuclei and k is a positive number called the exponential decay constant.

Community Discussion