Problem: A wooden artifact from a Chinese temple has a 14C activity of 37.6 counts per minute as compared with an activity of 58.2 counts per minute for a standard of zero age.From the half-life for 14C decay, 5715 yr, determine the age of the artifact.

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t12 =ln 2kk = ln 2t12k = 0.6935715 yr

k = 1.2126x10-4 yr-1


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A wooden artifact from a Chinese temple has a 14C activity of 37.6 counts per minute as compared with an activity of 58.2 counts per minute for a standard of zero age.

From the half-life for 14C decay, 5715 yr, determine the age of the artifact.