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Carbon Dating Activity: It’s a Puzzle!—ChemTopic™ Lab Activity

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Archaeologists and geologists can reconstruct the ancient history of the Earth by “dating” artifacts to determine when they were made using the predictable process of nuclear decay and measuring the amount of radioactive carbon-14 in an object. With the Carbon Dating Activity: It’s a Puzzle!—ChemTopic™ Lab Activity, solve a carbon-14 dating puzzle by arranging a set of story tiles and pictures in a logical sequence to explain the process of carbon-14 dating.

Concepts

  • Cosmic Rays
  • Half-Life
  • Radioactive Decay
  • Isotope Ratios