Carbon-14 dating can be used on objects ranging from a few hundred years old to 50,000 years old. Libby and others (University of Chicago) devised a method of estimating the age of organic material based on the decay rate of carbon-14. However, I note that there is no beginning or ending amount given.How am I supposed to figure out what the decay constant is?(Whatever you're being treated for is the greater danger.) The half-life is just long enough for the doctors to have time to take their pictures.The dose I was given is -younger copy of an earlier document (in which case it is odd that there are no references to it in other documents, since only famous works tended to be copied), or, which is more likely, this is a recent forgery written on a not-quite-old-enough ancient parchment.
Many people have been led to believe that radiometric dating methods have proved the earth to be billions of years old.If possible, the ink should be tested, since a recent forgery would use recently-made ink.Carbon 14 is a common form of carbon which decays over time.So when $t = 0$ the plant contains 10 micrograms of Carbon 14.The task requires the student to use logarithms to solve an exponential equation in the realistic context of carbon dating, important in archaeology and geology, among other places.