Chemistry: The Molecular Nature of Matter and Change 7th Edition

Published by McGraw-Hill Education
ISBN 10: 007351117X
ISBN 13: 978-0-07351-117-7

Chapter 24 - Problems: 24.32

Answer

See explanation below.

Work Step by Step

Cosmic rays contain high energy neutrons which keep the 14C constant by entering into upper layers of atmosphere , by bombarding ordinary 14N atoms. Living organisms absorb the 14C and hence its proportion remains constant. This is given by the following reaction: 14 N 7 + 1 n 0 --> 14 C 6 + 1 H 1
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