We note that at the instant the swimmer touches the edge of the pool our wristwatch reads and 53 seconds.How long has the competitor taken to swim the 1,500 metre race?

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In addition, the accuracy of this process is good only back to about 50K years, although in the case of biblical manuscripts, this would be well within the range of accuracy, but again, it would only provide a range, not an exact year or date of any document.

There are unfortunately limitations on most forms of age analysis.

Without the starting time it is Actually, knowing the starting time is still not enough.

During the race you have to watch the swimmer and count how many laps he has swum so you know that he has done 1,500 metres.

Carbon dioxide is distributed on a worldwide basis into various atmospheric, biospheric, and hydrospheric reservoirs on a time scale much shorter than its half-life.

Measurements have shown that in recent history, radiocarbon levels have remained relatively constant in most of the biosphere due to the metabolic processes in living organisms and the relatively rapid turnover of carbonates in surface ocean waters.And you have to check to make sure he touches the edge at the end of each lap.Without these observations you cannot be sure that the time is valid.Protons and neutrons make up the center (nucleus) of the atom, and electrons form shells around the nucleus.The number of protons in the nucleus of an atom determines the element.It is only good for biological substances such as plant or animal material if I remember correctly, so papyrus or animal skins on which manuscripts were written would therefore in theory be datable via radiocarbon dating.