After the organism dies, carbon-14 continues to decay without being replaced.To measure the amount of radiocarbon left in a artifact, scientists burn a small piece to convert it into carbon dioxide gas.
I will give you the setup of the problem and leave the algebra to you. We know at $t = 0$, we have $100\%$ of the Carbon, right? So then we know at $t = 5750$, there is $50\%$ of the carbon remaining. That gives you enough information to solve for $r$. Plug in your result for $r$ from the previous equation and solve for $t$.
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The percentage of Carbon-14 present in the remains of organic matter can be used to date the age of the organic matter.
Archeologists discovered that the linen wrapping from one end of the Dead Sea Scrolls had lost 22.3% of its Carbon-14 at the time it was found. I don't know how to do it :( I have a test tomorrow Can someone help me?
Finish up plug in your calculator, natural log .71 divided by negative .123, 12 and this gives us around 2854 years.
So it's just a little bit of an introduction into carbon-14 dating.
Each sample type has specific problems associated with its use for dating purposes, including contamination and special environmental effects.
More information on the sources of error in carbon dating are presented at the bottom of this page.
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