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The bag itself represents the fossil and the beads inside represent some of the millions of atoms that make it up.As scientists, their job is to count the number of parent and daughter isotope atoms in each bag, and from this data to determine how many half-lives the isotope has gone through and therefore the age of the rock.This hands-on activity is a simulation of some of the radiometric dating techniques used by scientists to determine the age of a mineral or fossil.The activity uses the basic principle of radioactive half-life, and is a good follow-up lesson after the students have learned about half-life properties.They need only know that such calculations are possible. 79.) In this lesson, students will be asked to simulate radioactive decay by pouring small candies, such as plain M&M's® or Skittles®, from a cup and counting which candies fall with their manufacturer's mark down or up.The exercise they will go through of predicting and successively counting the number of remaining "mark-side up" candies should help them understand that rates of decay of unstable nuclei can be measured; that the exact time that a certain nucleus will decay cannot be predicted; and that it takes a very large number of nuclei to find the rate of decay.This is the second lesson in a three-lesson series about isotopes, radioactive decay, and the nucleus.The first lesson, Isotopes of Pennies, introduces the idea of isotopes.
These components have measurable properties, such as mass and electrical charge.
The atom's nucleus is composed of protons and neutrons, which are much more massive than electrons.
When an element has atoms that differ in the number of neutrons, these atoms are called different isotopes of the element.
Each atom has a positively charged nucleus surrounded by negatively charged electrons.
The electric force between the nucleus and electrons holds the atom together.
Current methods include using the known decay rates of radioactive isotopes present in rocks to measure the time since the rock was formed.