# Can carbon dating false

Age "uncertainty" When a "simple" dating method is performed, the result is a single number.There is no good way to tell how close the computed result is likely to be to the actual age.This will be discussed in more detail in the section on Gill's paper below.The "generic" method described by Gonick is easier to understand, but it does not handle such necessities as: (1) varying levels of uncertainty in the X- versus Y-measurements of the data; (2) computing an uncertainty in slope and Y-intercept from the data; and (3) testing whether the "fit" of the data to the line is good enough to imply that the isochron yields a valid age.Now that the mechanics of plotting an isochron have been described, we will discuss the potential problems of the "simple" dating method with respect to isochron methods.The amount of initial wouldn't change over time -- because it would have no parent atoms to produce daughter atoms.Each such age would match the result given by the isochron.Gain or loss of In order to make the figures easy to read (and quick to draw), the examples in this paper include few data points.

The data points would be expected to start out on a line if certain initial conditions were met.The simplest form of isotopic age computation involves substituting three measurements into an equation of four variables, and solving for the fourth.The equation is the one which describes radioactive decay: If one of these assumptions has been violated, the simple computation above yields an incorrect age.However, the methods must be used with care -- and one should be cautious about investing much confidence in the resulting age...especially in absence of cross-checks by different methods, or if presented without sufficient information to judge the context in which it was obtained.