This is consistent with the assumption that each decay event is independent and its chance does not vary over time.
where is the half-life of the element, is the time expired since the sample contained the initial number atoms of the nuclide, and is the remaining amount of the nuclide.
My study certainly was not a waste of time, since the earth sciences are filled with the results of dating methods, which guide many uniformitarian ideas in the earth sciences.
Besides, it helps me review the results of the RATE project.
As a result, I spent the better part of two years studying dating method with the goal of doing research on this problem.
Most of the cases documented by the RATE team proved to be weak tests for their hypothesis.
The notable exception was a helium diffusion experiment using zircon mineral samples from deep geothermal wells in Fenton Hill, New Mexico.
This chain eventually ends with the formation of a stable, nonradioactive daughter nuclide.
Each step in such a chain is characterized by a distinct half-life.
Then I found out that ICR was planning a major project on radiometric dating.