Relative Age can be determined by the Principle of Superposition -assuming no change in the layers, the oldest are on the bottom and the youngest are on the top.
Radioactive dating can determine the Absolute Age of rocks.
Isotopes are elements that differ in number of neutrons. Some isotopes decay emitting energy Radioactive Rate at which elements decay determines rocks absolute age Radioactive isotopes include: Potassium, rubidium, strontium, uranium, and lead.
Unstable nuclei emits one or more particles or energy in the form of electromagnetic radiation Nuclear radiation is the energy or matter released during the decay
Alpha -Atomic # goes down by 2-Mass goes down by 4;can penetrate a piece of paper Uranium-238 decays through a decay into Thorium-234 Beta -Atomic # goes up by 1-Mass has no change; can penetrate a piece of aluminum Gamma -Atomic # and mass have no change; very powerful light energy; can penetrate lead 238 92 U ______________234 90 Th 234 90 Th ______234 91 Pa ______234 92 U
Release of high-energy neutron by a neutron-rich nuclei during radioactive decay No Charge Travel farther than alpha and beta particles
Half-life is the time required for half a sample of radioactive nuclei to decay Half-life rates of common isotopes: Carbon-14 5,730 years Thorium-229 7,340 years Lead-202 52,500 years Uranium-238 4,468,000,000 years Rubidium-87 4,750,000,000 years
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