Radiometric dating parent and daughter

For isochrons, which we will discuss later, the conditions are different.

If these conditions are not satisfied, the error can be arbitrarily large.

For potassium 40, the half-life is about 1.3 billion years.

In general, in one half-life, half of the parent will have decayed.

If these dates are correct, this calls the Biblical account of a recent creation of life into question.

By measuring the ratio of daughter to parent, we can measure how old the sample is. Each radioactive element has a half-life, which tells how long it takes for half of the element to decay.

Potassium 40 (K40) decays to argon 40, which is an inert gas, and to calcium.

Potassium is present in most geological materials, making potassium-argon dating highly useful if it really works.

Since Cambrian and later rocks are largely sedimentary and igneous (volcanic) rocks are found in Cambrian and later strata, if these rocks are really 550 million years old, then life must also be at least 550 million years old.

Therefore, my main concern is with rocks of the Cambrian periods and later.

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