Problem: The specific activity of 14C in the biosphere is 0.255 Bq per gram, and the half-life of 14C is 5730 years. What is the age of a piece of Egyptian papyrus that shows a 14C specific activity of 0.156 Bq? (a) 2820 years (b) 3510 years (c) 4060 years (d) 5730 years (e) 5860 years

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The specific activity of 14C in the biosphere is 0.255 Bq per gram, and the half-life of 14C is 5730 years. What is the age of a piece of Egyptian papyrus that shows a 14C specific activity of 0.156 Bq?

(a) 2820 years

(b) 3510 years

(c) 4060 years

(d) 5730 years

(e) 5860 years

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