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The radioactive parent elements used to date rocks and minerals are: Radiometric dating using the naturally-occurring radioactive elements is simple in concept even though technically complex.If we know the number of radioactive parent atoms present when a rock formed and the number present now, we can calculate the age of the rock using the decay constant.This is well-established for most isotopic systems.However, construction of an isochron does not require information on the original compositions, using merely the present ratios of the parent and daughter isotopes to a standard isotope.Plotting an isochron is used to solve the age equation graphically and calculate the age of the sample and the original composition.
Carbon dating is mainly used by archaeologists to date recent finds as the technique is only accurate for 50,000 to 60,000 years in the past.Stratigraphy, the relative positon of fossils in a sediment bed, is a common method. Dating by using radioactive decay is another method used mainly for sub-fossil material such as archaeological artifacts; or for materials of geological age.All living things have carbon in them; but a small amount of that carbon is radioactive. The law of conservation and mass states that matter can not be destroyed nor created.As radioactive Parent atoms decay to stable daughter atoms (as uranium decays to lead) each disintegration results in one more atom of the daughter than was initially present and one less atom of the parent.The probability of a parent atom decaying in a fixed period of time is always the same for all atoms of that type regardless of temperature, pressure, or chemical conditions. The time required for one-half of any original number of parent atoms to decay is the half-life, which is related to the decay constant by a simple mathematical formula.
Radioactive atoms decay, or lose energy and subatomic particles…