Radiometric dating is introduced to beginning students in a real-world fashion through animated spreadsheets. Students discover the behavior of the parent-daughter relationship in radioactive decay, how the parent-daughter ratio yields the age, and a number of assumptions involved in radiometric dating. After exploring the concepts, and with some elementary mathematical modeling skills, students analyze data from the literature.
Sinex, Scott A.
Radiometric Dating for Novice Learners: Visualizing, Modeling, and Simulating via Animated Spreadsheets,
Spreadsheets in Education (eJSiE):
2, Article 5.
Available at: http://epublications.bond.edu.au/ejsie/vol4/iss2/5