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NUMB3RS - Season 2 - "Bones of Contention" - How to Get a Date

Published on 10/17/2008

Activity Overview

In this activity, students use candy to model the time it takes for something to decay. The data collected can be graphed and described using a formula. Students who have learned about logarithms can derive the algebraic formula that gives the age of an object as a function of its C-14 content.

Before the Activity

Download the attached PDF and look over the Teacher page.

During the Activity

Discuss the materials from the Student Page with your class.

After the Activity

Encourage students to explore web sites and questions from the Extensions page.