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A piece of wood found in an ancient city has a carbon-14 to carbon-12 ratio that is one-eighth the carbon-14 to carbon-12 ratio of a tree growing nearby. How old is the piece of wood? (The half-life of carbon-14 is 5,715 years.)

  1. DrBob222

    k = 0.693/t1/2
    Substitute k into the below equation.
    ln(No/N) = kt
    Use 100 for No
    Use 12.5 for N (that's 1/8 of 100--or you could simply use 1/8 for that ratio).
    k from above.
    Solve for t in years.

  2. Josh

    2865 years

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