Problem: The cloth shroud from around a mummy is found to have a 14C activity of 9.8 disintegrations per minute per gram of carbon as compared with living organisms that undergo 16.3 disintegrations per minute per gram of carbon.From the half-life for 14C decay, 5715 yr, calculate the age of the shroud.

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The cloth shroud from around a mummy is found to have a 14C activity of 9.8 disintegrations per minute per gram of carbon as compared with living organisms that undergo 16.3 disintegrations per minute per gram of carbon.

From the half-life for 14C decay, 5715 yr, calculate the age of the shroud.

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