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Description: With the Half-Life Laboratory, students gain a better understanding of radioactive dating and half-lives.
Understand how decay and half life work to enable radiometric dating.
The rate of decay is a fixed rate called a half-life.
The half-life of a radioactive isotope refers to the amount of time required for half of a quantity of a radioactive isotope to decay.
By extension, this experiment is a useful analogy to radioactive decay and carbon dating.
Students use M&M’s (or pennies and puzzle pieces) to demonstrate the idea of radioactive decay.