(Aside, my dad doesn’t know how old I am, he usually misses by about two years, giving him an error of almost 5%.) Not only, is this not a ‘false assumption’. Oh and here’s a link to the Table of Contents for this set of creationist misconceptions.

Radiometric dating or radioactive dating is a technique used to date materials such as rocks or carbon, in which trace radioactive impurities were selectively incorporated when they were formed. Radioactive elements were incorporated into the Earth when the Solar System formed.

those that form during chemical reactions without breaking down).

Radiometric dating or radioactive dating is a technique used to date materials such as rocks or carbon, in which trace radioactive impurities were selectively incorporated when they were formed.

WATCH more Instant Egghead: Xw Kj SUBSCRIBE to our channel: XZ VISIT Scientific for the latest science news: Hq0CH Radioactive dating Radioactive dating is a method of dating rocks and minerals using radioactive isotopes.

This method is useful for igneous and metamorphic rocks, which cannot be dated by the stratigraphic correlation method used for sedimentary rocks. Some do not change with time and form stable isotopes (i.e.

How do scientists determine the age of fossils that have been under the surface of the earth for thousands of years?

Scientific American Editor Michael Moyer explains the process of radiocarbon dating.

In this way, items of unknown age can be tested and an age determined to a reasonable degree of accuracy. More tomorrow where we explore the concept of isochron dating and how it neatly destroys most of the rest of these ‘issues’.

Radioactive dating or "radiodating" is a method of determining the approximate age of an object by studying its isotope ratio.

For example: A certain percentage of carbon in the environment is radioactive carbon-14.

Radioactive decay occurs at a constant rate, specific to each radioactive isotope.

Since the 1950s, geologists have used radioactive elements as natural "clocks" for determining numerical ages of certain types of rocks.

In this way, items of unknown age can be tested and an age determined to a reasonable degree of accuracy. More tomorrow where we explore the concept of isochron dating and how it neatly destroys most of the rest of these ‘issues’.

Radioactive dating or "radiodating" is a method of determining the approximate age of an object by studying its isotope ratio.

For example: A certain percentage of carbon in the environment is radioactive carbon-14.

Radioactive decay occurs at a constant rate, specific to each radioactive isotope.

Since the 1950s, geologists have used radioactive elements as natural "clocks" for determining numerical ages of certain types of rocks.

Additionally, elements may exist in different isotopes, with each isotope of an element differing in the number of neutrons in the nucleus.