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A 1.00-g sample of carbon from a modern
source gave 15.3 disintegrations per minute. A sample of carbon from an “old” source gave 920 disintegrations per hour. What is the age of the “old” sample of carbon? The half-life of carbon-14 is 5.73×103 year.
a. about 34,400 years
b. about 345,000 years
c. about 20 million years
d. less than a few years

  • chemistry - ,

    15.3 dpmin x (60 min/hr) = 918 dphr which is slightly less than if it were the old sample. So something is a typo or the sample can't be very old.

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