Other terms used for this process include: Carbon dating, radiometric dating, and absolute dating.
In this hands-on activity, your middle school or high school students will gain a greater understanding of how to calculate radioactive decay and half-life through the use of candy or pennies.
Students simulate radioactive decay by shaking a box containing candy that began "letter-side-up" and as the candies "decay," they remove the candies that have flipped to "letter-side-down". This simulation allows students to predict the "half-life" of their candies.
Students apply data from the activity to create a line graph showing the rate of decay and also are asked follow-up questions to assess understanding of half-life and radioactive dating.
Please note: This lab is also part of my Year of Biology Labs- BIG BUNDLE!.
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