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Homework Help: Carbon Dating

  1. Mar 12, 2007 #1
    1. An archeological specimen containing 8.7 g of carbon has an activity of 1.6 Bq. How old (in years) is the specimen?

    2. Decay constant for Carbon= 0.693 / 5730 yr = 1.21 x 10^-4

    1.6/8.7= 0.1839 activity per gram of C
    0.23 is Activity of C at t=0

    3. ln(0.1839/.23) = -(1.21x10^-4) t
    t= 1848.65 years

    This was wrong, the correct answer is 1910 years.

    While I believe these numbers are somewhat close for carbon dating, I still got the answer wrong on the assignment which leads me to believe that I am doing something wrong.

    Any thoughts?
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