posted by amy on .
A meteorite has landed at UOIT! Chemical analysis shows that it contains 1
gram of potassium and 1E-5 grams of argon, assumed to be present entirely
from the decay of K-40. Assuming that no argon has escaped the meteorite,
estimate the age of the meteorite.
Natural potassium has an atomic weight of 39.089 and contains 0.0118 atomic
percent K-40, which has 2 decay modes:
Ca + β +anti-neutrino
K + e
Ar* + neutrino →40
Ar + γ
On average there are 12 gamma-rays emitted to every 100 beta-particles