# Carbon 14 dating calculus robbie amell dating

A fossil found in an archaeological dig was found to contain 20% of the original amount of 14C. I do not get the $-0.693$ value, but perhaps my answer will help anyway.

The halflife of carbon 14 is 5730 ± 30 years, and the method of dating lies in trying to determine how much carbon 14 (the radioactive isotope of carbon) is present in the artifact and comparing it to levels currently present in the atmosphere.

The exponential decay formula is given by: $$m(t) = m_0 e^$$ where $\displaystyle r = \frac$, $h$ = half-life of Carbon-14 = 30$ years, $m_0$ is of the initial mass of the radioactive substance.

So, we have: $\displaystyle r = \frac = \frac = 0.000121$ The mass ratio of Carbon-14 to Carbon-12 is $\displaystyle m_0 = \frac$ (just look this up).

When an organism dies it ceases to replenish carbon in its tissues and the decay of carbon 14 to nitrogen 14 changes the ratio of carbon 12 to carbon 14.

Experts can compare the ratio of carbon 12 to carbon 14 in dead material to the ratio when the organism was alive to estimate the date of its death.

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