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Thereafter, the concentration (fraction) of 14C declines at a fixed exponential rate due to the radioactive decay of 14C. ) Comparing the remaining 14C fraction of a sample to that expected from atmospheric 14C allows us to estimate the age of the sample.

Raw (i.e., uncalibrated) radiocarbon ages are usually reported in radiocarbon years "Before Present" (BP), with "present" defined as CE 1950.

Also assume thatthe ratio of mass of to total carbonmass in the atmosphere (the source of the **carbon** in the sample) isthe same at present and on the day when the number of atoms in the samplewas set. Theanthropologists who found this artifact would like to know its age.

Anthropologists can estimate the age of a bone or other organic matter by its *carbon*-14 content.

The **carbon**-14 in a living organism is constant until the organism dies, after which **carbon**-14 decays with first-order kinetics and a half-life of 5730 years.

*Carbon*-14 *dating* can be used on objects ranging from a few hundred years old to 50,000 years old.

Libby and others (University of Chicago) devised a method of estimating the age of organic material based on the decay rate of **carbon**-14.

I will show you how to start from scratch First we have to assume the initial amount of activity in the sample.

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