As a member, you'll also get unlimited access to over 55,000 lessons in math, English, science, history, and more. That means that after 5,730 years, we have 50% of our carbon left. Okay, well, 50% carbon is the same as .5, so I have the equation .5 = e^(5730C). All of these are true because e^(lnx) = x and ln(e^x) = x. We have over 95 college courses that prepare you to earn credit by exam that is accepted by over 2,000 colleges and universities.

Plus, get practice tests, quizzes, and personalized coaching to help you succeed. f(x) = e^x, but the inverse of f(x) is the natural log of x: ln(x). Let's go through some properties of e and the natural log. To solve for C, I need to first take the natural log of both the left-hand side and the right-hand side. If I use my property that ln(e^x) = x, the right-hand side is equal to 5730C. You can test out of the first two years of college and save thousands off your degree.

And we saw that they're good if we are trying to figure out how much of a compound we have left after one half-life, or two half-lives, or three half-lives.

We can just take 1/2 of the compound at every period.

So let's do that in this video, just so that all of these variables can become a little bit more concrete.

The ratio of the activity of sucrose with 0.95 Ox was first measured by Polach at 1.50070.0052 (Polach, 1976b:122).

Much of the information presented in this section is based upon the Stuiver and Polach (1977) paper "Discussion: Reporting of C14 data". 1890 wood was chosen as the radiocarbon standard because it was growing prior to the fossil fuel effects of the industrial revolution.

A copy of this paper may be found in the Radiocarbon Home Page The radiocarbon age of a sample is obtained by measurement of the residual radioactivity. T (National Institute of Standards and Technology; Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA) Oxalic Acid I (C). The activity of 1890 wood is corrected for radioactive decay to 1950.

If you set the percentage of carbon that you have, and you know what this C is, you can calculate how old your item is. I said that the half-life of carbon is 5,730 years.

Carbon dating is done by setting the percentage of this special type of carbon as being equal to e to some constant number times t (e^(Ct)).