Intro to Astronomy
posted by M.T. on .
The half-life of carbon 14, which is commonly used to date organic materials, is 5700 years. What is the minimum age of sample in which less than 1% of the organic carbon 14 is left?
If 1% is left,
(0.01) = (0.5)^N
where N is the number of half-lives.
N = 6.644
minimum age = 37,900 years
There will be less than 1% left if the sample is older than that, so that is a minimum age.
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