Ambar J

Ambar J. Roque-Ruiz
Professor TadeseBiology 101
4 August 2018
Radiometric Dating
Radiometric dating is the method used to determine the age of specific matter such as rock, minerals, or organic origin materials of the earth. Using radioactive isotopes in the elements that make up the material, scientists can actuate the time in which the material was formed. Depending on already known information, radiometric dating can even assist on figuring out how the atmosphere resembled at the time when the material was produced.
When radioactive elements are unstable, they always try to move to a more stable state by giving off radiation. This process is called radioactive decay. Each radioactive isotope decays at its own fixed rate, which is expressed in terms of its half-life, the time it takes for the parent isotope to decay into its daughter isotope. Knowing the radioactive isotope found in a material and the isotope’s half-life, one can calculate the age of the material.