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    Carbon-14 is a radioactive substance produced in the Earth's atmosphere and then absorbed by plants and animals on the surface of the earth. It has a half-life (the time it takes for half the amount of a sample to decay) of approximately 5730 years. Using this known piece of information, scientists can date objects such as the Dead Sea Scrolls. The function N = N0e-λt represents the exponential decay of a radioactive substance. N is the amount remaining after time t in years, N0 is the initial amount of the substance and λ is the decay constant.
    1)Find the rate of change of an initial amount of 1 gm of carbon-14 found in the scrolls, if the decay constant is given as λ = 1.21 x 10-4.
    2)If the percentage of carbon-14 atoms remaining in a sample is 79%, how old is the sample?
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    Quote Originally Posted by alexprem View Post
    Carbon-14 is a radioactive substance produced in the Earth's atmosphere and then absorbed by plants and animals on the surface of the earth. It has a half-life (the time it takes for half the amount of a sample to decay) of approximately 5730 years. Using this known piece of information, scientists can date objects such as the Dead Sea Scrolls. The function N = N0e-λt represents the exponential decay of a radioactive substance. N is the amount remaining after time t in years, N0 is the initial amount of the substance and λ is the decay constant.
    1)Find the rate of change of an initial amount of 1 gm of carbon-14 found in the scrolls, if the decay constant is given as λ = 1.21 x 10-4.
    2)If the percentage of carbon-14 atoms remaining in a sample is 79%, how old is the sample?
    1. using the decay function, take the derivative of N w/r to time, then determine the value of \frac{dN}{dt} for N_0 = 1 gm

    2. using the decay function, set N = 0.79N_0 and solve for t
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    but wht is the decay function of this problem?
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    Quote Originally Posted by alexprem View Post
    but wht is the decay function of this problem?
    did you not read the statement of the problem in your original post?

    Quote Originally Posted by alexprem View Post
    Carbon-14 is a radioactive substance produced in the Earth's atmosphere and then absorbed by plants and animals on the surface of the earth. It has a half-life (the time it takes for half the amount of a sample to decay) of approximately 5730 years. Using this known piece of information, scientists can date objects such as the Dead Sea Scrolls. The function N = N0e-λt represents the exponential decay of a radioactive substance. N is the amount remaining after time t in years, N0 is the initial amount of the substance and λ is the decay constant.
    note the decay function stated above ...
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