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Radiometric dating (often called radioactive dating) is a technique used to date materials such as rocks or carbon, usually based on a comparison between the observed abundance of a naturally occurring radioactive isotope and its decay products, using known decay rates.The use of radiometric dating was first published in 1907 by Bertram Boltwood and is now the principal source of information about the absolute age of rocks and other geological features, including the age of the Earth itself, and can be used to date a wide range of natural and man-made materials.As radioactive Parent atoms decay to stable daughter atoms (as uranium decays to lead) each disintegration results in one more atom of the daughter than was initially present and one less atom of the parent.
Carbon-14 is a method used for young (less than 50,000 year old) sedimentary rocks.
This is well-established for most isotopic systems.
However, construction of an isochron does not require information on the original compositions, using merely the present ratios of the parent and daughter isotopes to a standard isotope.
This method relies on the uptake of a naturally occurring radioactive isotope of carbon, carbon-14 by all living things.
When living things die, they stop taking in carbon-14, and the radioactive clock is "set"!
Equations and terms are introduced and explained in the booklet, this is followed by practice questions and answers, including a graphing task.