Radioactive Dating Game

This Radioactive Dating Game interactive also includes:

Uranium 235 has a half-life of over 700 million years and is the fuel used in the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima, Japan. Pupils see the half-lives and decay rates of Carbon-14 and Uranium-238. They also take measurements of these two elements in igneous rocks and trees, and finally apply all their knowledge to estimate the age of various objects based on given data in a graph. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Great simulation to use after teaching chemistry basics — atoms and their parts, the periodic table, etc., to show real-world application of some elements
Classroom Considerations

  • When teachers create a free account, they have access to lessons and teacher tips 
  • Assumes scholars have chemistry knowledge and are somewhat familiar with half-lives and radioactive decay in elements
Pros

  • Great progression of information when tabs are clicked/completed from left to right
  • Simulation uses high-quality graphics
  • Offers the simulation in numerous languages
Cons

  • None
Common Core

NGSS