Frosty the snowman meets his demise – an analogy for carbon dating
This online resource is a lesson that uses ice melting as an analogy for the radioactive decay.
Presented as a who-dun-it, students need to determine the rate Frosty the Snowman melts and backdate this to determine at what time Frosty started defrosting.
This activity is then compared to the technique of carbon dating, where the levels of radioactive carbon in fossil samples are used to determine the date that the organism died.
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