7D10.23 - Radioactive Dating - Carbon Dating

Code Number:
7D10.23
Demo Title:
Radioactive Dating - Carbon Dating
Condition:
Excellent
Principle:
Radioactive Decay
Area of Study:
Modern Physics
Equipment:
Co-60 sources with different manufacturing dates, Counter / Scaler.
Procedure:

Cobalt-60 has a well known half life.  By taking the counts from a new source and then an older source, you should be able to know exactly how much older the old source is. 

References:
  • Todd Brown, "A Simple Example of Radioactive Dating", TPT, Vol. 52, # 2, Feb. 2014, p. 115.

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