Susan Zimmerman

Center for Accelerator Mass Spectrometry (CAMS)

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Materials Contributed through SERC-hosted Projects


Dating Students: Relative vs. Numerical Time part of Cutting Edge:Rates and Time:Teaching Activities
This activity introduces students to the fundamental ideas of relative versus radiometric dating, using the students themselves as a sample population. In the first half, the students attempt to order the people in the group in a relative sense, using physical observations and their memory-record of historical events. In the second half, the students use increasingly precise estimates of their age (from their birthdays) to check their relative order against their absolute age order. The discussion should include concepts of precision and accuracy, estimation, observation versus inference, and drawing conclusions based on incomplete, inaccurate, or updated information.


Teaching Time Essay part of Workshop 2012:Essays
Susan Zimmerman, Center for AMS, Lawrence Livermore National Lab I discovered that I was a geologist as a freshman Russian major at Dickinson College in Carlisle PA, and learned that I loved teaching while working ...

Other Contribution

Introduction to the principles and processes of radiometric dating part of Cutting Edge:Rates and Time:Teaching Activities
Outline of lecture topics and hands-on activities for introducing radiometric dating.

Events and Communities

Teaching About Time Workshop 2012