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    Seismographs and Half-Life

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    Question 1:

    A seismograph 300 km from the epicenter of an earthquake recorded a maximum amplitude of 5.9 x 10^2 µm. Find this earthquake's magnitude on the Richter scale.

    Question 2:

    An artifact was found and tested for its carbon-14 content. If 81% of the original carbon-14 was still present, what is its probable age (to the nearest 100 years)? Assume that carbon-14 has a half-life of 5,730 years.

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    1. Magnitude = logA - 2.48 + 2.76logD = log(590) -2.48 + 2.76 log(300) = ...

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    The expert examines seismographs and half-life.