Carbon dating example problem
Yet, as simple and straightforward as this seems, the process of dating objects via radiocarbon is far from simple and straightforward.
Here I will present what radiocarbon is, the dating methods, the assumptions that govern them, and the known discrepancies that plague the method.
When an organism dies, it obviously no longer eats, photosynthesizes, etc.Eventually the extra neutron it picked up in the upper atmosphere will break off releasing a high energy beta particle.This beta release allows the atom to turn back into Nitrogen. This radioactivity occurs at a measurable rate with a half-life of 5,730 years (Warf, 212).For example, when lime absorbs CO2 it creates mortar, so the mortar can be dated via radiocarbon since some CO2 molecules are comprised of C14 (Bowman, 13).But in general, non-organic materials usually cannot be dated via radiocarbon.