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# Exponential and logarithmic functions in carbon 14 dating

However, I note that there is no beginning or ending amount given.How am I supposed to figure out what the decay constant is?I can do this by working from the definition of "half-life": in the given amount of time (in this case, hours.

The method of carbon dating makes use of the fact that all living organisms contain two isotopes of carbon, carbon-12, denoted 12C (a stable isotope), and carbon-14, denoted 14C (a radioactive isotope).The ratio of the amount of 14C to the amount of 12C is essentially constant (approximately 1/10,000).When an organism dies, the amount of 12C present remains unchanged, but the 14C decays at a rate proportional to the amount present with a half-life of approximately 5700 years.This change in the amount of 14C relative to the amount of 12C makes it possible to estimate the time at which the organism lived. ## Exponential and logarithmic functions in carbon 14 dating comments

• Exponentials & Logarithms - Cool math Algebra Help Lessons. ## paulette60 You've got this stuff in you called Carbon-14. It comes from cosmic rays that rain down on the earth and us from outer space. By the way, you are mostly Carbon-12, which is not radioactive. That's why we are called "Carbon-based life forms." Man, I've really watched too much Star Trek. Scientists use Carbon-14 to make.…
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• Models for growth, decay, and change - USU Mathematics ## paulette60 Nov 14, 1995. Carbon Dating. Radioactive decay is used to date fossils. The method involves the element carbon. Carbon-12 is a stable isotope, while carbon-14 is a. cr 11-14-95 QC2. 242. Chapter 4 Exponential and Logarithmic Functions. Although C14 disintegrates as time passes, the amount of C14 in the.…
• Calculus - Exponential Decay Problem - Mathematics Stack Exchange ## paulette60 I do not get the − 0.693 value, but perhaps my answer will help anyway. If we assume Carbon-14 decays continuously, then. C t = C 0 e − k t. where C 0 is the initial size of the sample. We don't know this value, but we don't need it. Since it takes 5,700 years for a sample to decay to half its size, we know. 1 2 C 0 = C 0 e.…