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How to solve radioactive dating problems
(You shouldn't need to plug into it at all for this problem.)PART A: N = No e - λ t N = No / 2 when t = thalf plug in to get No / 2 = No e - λ thalf The factors of No cancel out in the above step to give 1/2 = e - λ thalf now take ln of each side to get ln (1/2) = ln e - λ thalf using the rule for logs on the ...
Although the time at which any individual atom will decay cannot be forecast, the time in which any given percentage of a sample will decay can be calculated to varying degrees of accuracy.
Isotopic Fractionation is a physical separation of isotopes and a non-radioactive source of isotope ratios.
K-Ar and Ar-Ar can result in negative ages when atmospheric argon is considered.
One key factor is the fact that Ar-Ar dating needs a standard of "known" age.
If the standard is of historically known age, such as would likely be used for testing Ar-Ar dating on sample of known age, then one would be more likely to get the correct age.
The isotopic make-up of original material is important, as is mixing of magma with surrounding material.
The conditions of formation are also important, because both the cooling rate and the opportunities for mixing affect isotope ratios.