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What happens to the carbon-14 in a living organism when it

Introductory Chemistry | 5th Edition | ISBN: 9780321910295 | Authors: Nivaldo J Tro ISBN: 9780321910295 34

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Problem 29Q

What happens to the carbon-14 in a living organism when it dies? How can this be used to establish how long ago the organism died?

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Solution 29Q:

Here, we are going to discuss what happens to the carbon-14 in the living organisms when it dies. Also, how this can be used to establish the time of death of the organism.

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Since, carbon-14 atoms are radioactive, they decay and convert themselves to nitrogen-14 atoms.

                                Carbon-14 → Nitrogen-14 + 𝜷

As long as we are alive, the decaying carbon-14 are being replaced by new carbon-14 and maintain consistent levels of the isotope. When a living organism dies, it can no longer absorb carbon from the air and hence, the number of carbon-14 atoms disintegrate...

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Chapter 17, Problem 29Q is Solved
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Textbook: Introductory Chemistry
Edition: 5
Author: Nivaldo J Tro
ISBN: 9780321910295

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