# Geochronology in the San Juan Mountains (Advanced)

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#### Summary

This is a mathematically more advanced version of the Ages of Rocks and the Earth activity that introduces students to the mathematics of radiometric dating. Students derive the decay equation for the rubidium-strontium isotopic system, then apply it to date rock samples from the San Juan Mountains of southwest Colorado and a meteorite assumed to be approximately coeval with the Earth.

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## Learning Goals

**Objectives**

**Mathematical Skills**

## Context for Use

This activity consists of a set of quantitative problem-solving exercises that can be used as an in-class activity or an assignment in any introductory course with a unit on geologic time or geochronology, such as:

-Physical geology or physical geography

-Historical geology or Earth history

-Earth materials, mineralogy, or petrology

-Physical geology or physical geography

-Historical geology or Earth history

-Earth materials, mineralogy, or petrology

## Description and Teaching Materials

## Teaching Notes and Tips

An Instructor's Guide to all Kéyah Math activities is available online from the Instructor Resources page on the Kéyah Math website.

## Assessment

Students record their work and answers in a word-processor document or a notebook, which can be submitted to the instructor for assessment. Solutions to these problems are available online from the Instructor Resources page on the Kéyah Math website.

## References and Resources

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