Posted by suzie on Sunday, October 30, 2011 at 4:35am.
An artifact was found and tested for its carbon14 content. If 84% of the original carbon14 was still present, what is its probable age (to the nearest 100 years)? Use that carbon14 has a halflife of 5,730 years.

algebra  drwls, Sunday, October 30, 2011 at 7:27am
0.84 = (0.50)^(t/5730)
t/5730 = log0.85/log0.50 = 0.23447
t = 1343 years
(Round it to 1300 years)

algebra  Anonymous, Sunday, November 6, 2011 at 9:16pm
The halflife of 234U, uranium234, is 2.2.52 x 10 5th power years. If 97.4% of the uranium in the original sample is present, what length of time (to the nearest thousand years) has elapsed?
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