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Name:_____________________

EARTH SCIENCE

Date:______
Period:_____

ABSOLUTE DATING OUTLINE


I. Absolute Age vs. Relative Age
II. Radioactive Dating- determining the absolute age of a rock or fossil
A. Absolute Age___________________________________________________________________________
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B. Radioactivity- the ability of an element to change spontaneously into a different element by
losing or gaining matter from the nucleus of an atom.
ESRT page ______
C. Radioactive Decay
1. __________ or __________ element = an atom that has an unstable nucleus that changes
spontaneously, or decays.
2. __________ or ____________element = the stable element that is the result of the spontaneous
change in a radioactive element.
3. Half-life =
4. The rate of decay (the half-life period of time) is NOT affected by any outside condition such as:
a. _______________
b. _______________
c. _______________
Half-lives of radioactive elements are unique for each element

5. ______________ has a short half-life and is therefore used


to date
the remains of __________________ such as

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6. ________________ has a very long half-life and is therefore used to date old
_________________ .
** Write word problem from the screencast on the back!

Date:______
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