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The sum of protons plus neutrons is the mass number.
We designate a specific group of atoms by using the term "nuclide." A nuclide refers to a group of atoms with specified atomic number and mass number.
Radiocarbon dating is one kind of radiometric dating, used for determining the age of organic remains that are less than 50,000 years old.
For inorganic matter and for older materials, isotopes of other elements, such as potassium, uranium, and strontium, are used.
(Creationists claim that argon escape renders age determinations invalid.
However, any escaping argon gas would lead to a determined age younger, not older, than actual.
If we knew the fraction of a radioactive element still remaining in a mineral, it would be a simple matter to calculate its age by the formula To determine the fraction still remaining, we must know both the amount now present and also the amount present when the mineral was formed.
Strontium-87 is a stable element; it does not undergo further radioactive decay.
The creationist "argon escape" theory does not support their young earth model.) The argon age determination of the mineral can be confirmed by measuring the loss of potassium.
In old rocks, there will be less potassium present than was required to form the mineral, because some of it has been transmuted to argon.
An atom with the same number of protons in the nucleus but a different number of neutrons is called an isotope.
For example, uranium-238 is an isotope of uranium-235, because it has 3 more neutrons in the nucleus.