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Introduction to Radioactivity and Half-Life Experiment

kit #450

The goal of this highly interesting kit is to simplify a complex task: The investigation of half-life. The general concepts of radioactivity and half-life are explored using the material in this Lab-Aid. Using simulated plastic radioactive atoms (simulats), each student conducts a series of activities that provide graphable data.
Student then perform a series of calculation measuring Carbon 14, a radioactive carbon which has been used to date plant and animal remains. Students can easily grasp the general concept of radioactivity and half-life determination through this kit. Completed in a single lab period, this activity can also be used to enhance student math skills. All materials in this kit, for 30 students, is reusable.


  • Investigate concepts of half-life and radioactivity
  • Calculate amount of carbon-14 found in a sample embedded in amber and 28,000 year old charcoal
  • Calculate the age of pollen by carbon-14 dating

Content List in Introduction to Radioactivity and Half-Life Experiment is as follows:

Quantity Description
1 Teachers Guide
30 Student Worksheets and Guides with data chart
15 Simulated radioactive atoms (simulats), plastic, sets
15 Shakers
Number of students
Number of groups
Maximum 15 groups per period

To complete this kit requires one ~50-minute class period.

Title Item # Price Quantity
Introduction to Radioactivity and Half-Life Experiment 450 $144.15