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I'm Late, I'm Late, for a Radioactive Date!
Student Sheet #4.2
Group Investigations using www.shroud.com/nature.htm
Name: ______________________________________



Group 4 will go to Table 1 - Basic Data.
Sample 1 High Value Low Value Range Average yBP
Arizona          
Oxford          
Zurich          

Which lab has the highest range?  _________________________________

Which lab has the largest value? __________________________________

Which lab has the smallest value? _________________________________


Group 5 will go to Table 1 - Basic Data.
Sample 3 High Value Low Value Range Average yBP
Arizona          
Oxford          
Zurich          

Which lab has the highest range?  _________________________________

Which lab has the largest value? __________________________________

Which lab has the smallest value? _________________________________


Group Questions


What was the size of each sample tested by each laboratory?
Oxford ____________ Arizona ___________ Zurich __________


How much radiocarbon is there in a 50/4 mg sample? _____________mg

Is there any truth to the following quote? "The laboratory that has larger
samples had less variation in the dates." Explain.

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Which lab did not do the experiment as a blind study? _______________

Let us suppose that Zurich was the only station that was correct. How old would Sample 1 (the Shroud of Turin) be? (Hint: see Student Sheet #3 Questions #6, #7, and #9.)

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Did microbiological contamination (fire, dust, etc.) in any way affect the result of the carbon-14 dating?

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Are we able to explain how the marks appeared on the cloth? _________

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