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Where the amounts of parent and daughter isotopes can be accurately measured, the ratio can be used to determine how old the rock is, as shown in the following activities.
Part 2a Activity At any moment there is a small chance that each of the nuclei of U-235 will suddenly decay.
Return to top Each team of 3 to 5 students should discuss together how to determine the relative age of each of the rock units in the block diagram (Figure 1).
Many rocks contain small amounts of unstable isotopes and the daughter isotopes into which they decay.It wasn't until well into the 20th century that enough information had accumulated about the rate of radioactive decay that the age of rocks and fossils in number of years could be determined through radiometric age dating.This activity on determining age of rocks and fossils is intended for 8th or 9th grade students.On a piece of notebook paper, each piece should be placed with the printed M facing down. The candy should be poured into a container large enough for them to bounce around freely, it should be shaken thoroughly, then poured back onto the paper so that it is spread out instead of making a pile.This first time of shaking represents one half life, and all those pieces of candy that have the printed M facing up represent a change to the daughter isotope.
If the nucleus has not yet decayed, there is always that same, slight chance that it will change in the near future.