Carbon Radioactive Decay Lab

Carbon Radioactive Decay Lab
Carbon Radioactive Decay Lab
Carbon Radioactive Decay Lab
Carbon Radioactive Decay Lab
Carbon Radioactive Decay Lab
Carbon Radioactive Decay Lab
Carbon Radioactive Decay Lab
Carbon Radioactive Decay Lab
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Overview: This is a lab I created for students to learn about the general process of radiocarbon decay, including how to determine the age of a suitable object when given the proper information. This lab is different from other radioactive decay labs in that it is a discovery lab. Students figure out the pattern of how carbon-14 decays into nitrogen-14, as opposed to being told the pattern. I have found this process, of student discovery, has been a more powerful way to teach the understanding of radioactive decay – in particular, the idea of a half-life.

What you Get:
* Student Copy of Lab
* Teacher Copy of Lab with answer key
* Directions


Lab Break Down:
Page 1: Purpose and learning targets for lab
Page 2 - 5: Discovery portion of lab
Page 6: Synthesis of Goal 1.
Page 7: Simple class activity to demonstrate limitations of radioactive decay.
Page 8 - 10: Calculations and visuals to model the decay of 0 through 5 half-lives.
Page 11: Synthesis of Goal 2 in lab.
Page 12-14: Activity requiring students to use both the standard ratios learned about in the lab to determine age of a sample, as we well as analyzing a graph.
Page 15: Page to jot down notes and questions.
Total Pages
~35
Answer Key
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Teaching Duration
1 hour
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