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Skeletal remains had lost 84% of the C-14 they originally contained. Determine the approximate age of the bones. (Assume the half life of carbon-14 is 5730 years. Round your answer to the nearest whole number.)

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  1. (1/2)^t/5730 = .16
    t/5730 = log(.16)/log(.5)
    t = 5730*log(.16)/log(.5)
    t = 15149

    makes sense. 12.5% left would be three half-lives, or 17190 years

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