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Problem P. 4560. (September 2013)

P. 4560. Bones of Woolly Mammuth were found in North-America. The activity C-14 originated from the youngest bones is 21% of that of in a living animal today. How many years ago did the Woolly Mammuth become extinct in North-America?

(4 pont)

Deadline expired on October 10, 2013.

Sorry, the solution is available only in Hungarian. Google translation

Megoldásvázlat. A kérdéses idő: \(\displaystyle t=\frac{\log 0{,}21}{\log 2}\cdot 5370~\text{év}\approx 13\,000\) év. (A becslés pontossága kb. 100 év.)


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Problems in Physics of KöMaL, September 2013