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.
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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