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The age of the body

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In 1991, hikers found the frozen remains of a man in a glacier in the Alps, near the Austrian-Italian border. Carbon-14 analysis of tissue samples taken from the body revealed that the ratio of carbon-14 was 52.7% of what it was originally. Calculate the age of the body.

A formula to calculate how old a sample is by carbon-14 dating is:
t = [ ln (Nf/No) / (-0.693) ] x t1/2
where ln is the natural logarithm,
Nf/No is the percent of carbon-14 in the sample compared to the amount in living tissue
t1/2 is the half-life of carbon-14 (5,700 years).

Is that right?
 

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Certainly looks it.
 

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