1. Limited time only! Sign up for a free 30min personal tutor trial with Chegg Tutors
    Dismiss Notice
Dismiss Notice
Join Physics Forums Today!
The friendliest, high quality science and math community on the planet! Everyone who loves science is here!

Homework Help: Radioactive Dating, calculating age?

  1. Apr 12, 2012 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    The age of the dead sea scrolls was measured using radiocarbon dating. If the measurement gives a ratio of 0.78 for the ratio of the activity in the sample to the activity in a sample of corresponding live material of similar mass, calculate the age of the scrolls.

    2. Relevant equations
    N=N°e^λt λ=ln2/t^1/2

    Can anybody shed some light?

  2. jcsd
  3. Apr 12, 2012 #2


    User Avatar
    Science Advisor
    Homework Helper

    welcome to pf!

    hi boltonfan! :smile:

    (try using the X2 button just above the Reply box :wink:)

    show us what you've tried, and where you're stuck, and then we'll know how to help! :smile:
Share this great discussion with others via Reddit, Google+, Twitter, or Facebook