This task is a refinement of ``Carbon 14 dating'' which focuses on accuracy. Because radioactive decay is an atomic process modeled by the laws of quantum mechanics, it is not possible to know with certainty when half of a given quantity of Carbon 14 atoms will decay. This type of question is very important in science and it also provides an opportunity to study the very subtle question of how errors behave when applying a function: in some cases the errors can be magnified while in others they are lessened.

- Subject:
- Mathematics
- Material Type:
- Activity/Lab
- Provider:
- Illustrative Mathematics
- Provider Set:
- Illustrative Mathematics
- Author:
- Illustrative Mathematics
- Date Added:
- 09/13/2012