Radioactive dating of rocks worksheet
Equipment that is necessary is M&Ms– a lot because each group needs to begin with 100, and a container with a cover for each group.
Students should have the skill to set up a data table and a graph, however, if you want to use this activity with students that have not, you can provide them a template with that information.
After all, textbooks, media, and museums glibly present ages of millions of years as fact.
Yet few people know how radiometric dating works or bother to ask what assumptions drive the conclusions. This figure wasn’t established by radiometric dating of the earth itself. Radiohalos shouldn’t exist, according to conventional wisdom!
Skills: -critical thinking -data analysis -questioning -graphing and data collecting Vocab Words: 1. This activity can be adapted for older students, but is used in an 8th grade earth science classroom.
Class size can vary, but activity should be done in groups of 2-3.
Once students are in their groups, with supplies, and general directions are given, they are on their own for doing their runs.
Students begin by pouring the 100 M&Ms on the table, and set aside the "stable" isotopes (M side down).They not only enjoyed this activity, but they really gained a better understanding of it as well.Showing top 8 worksheets in the category - Radioactive Dating.However, to read any clock accurately we must know where the clock was set at the beginning.Most people think that radioactive dating has proven the earth is billions of years old.