A new way to analyse old things

Researchers unveil updated method of carbon dating.

This article is best suited to year 8 and 10 students who are studying Earth science and chemistry. It highlights the importance of an understanding of radioactive decay and the use of technology when learning about how the Earth has changed throughout history. Year 6 students may also find this article interesting however it may need to be adapted for them.


There is also a hands-on student activity for this resource that helps students model radioactive decay. You can download it below.


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Researchers unveil an updated method of carbon dating.

A new way to analyse old things

Years: 6, 8, 10

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Chemical Sciences – Atoms, Particle Models

Earth and Space Sciences – Rocks, The Changing Earth

Additional: Careers, Maths, Technology

Concepts (South Australia):

Chemical Sciences – Properties of Matter, Change of Matter

Earth and Space Sciences – The Earth’s Surface