The number of protons in the nucleus of an atom determines the element.For example, all carbon atoms have 6 protons, all atoms of nitrogen have 7 protons, and all oxygen atoms have 8 protons.Atoms are made up of much smaller particles called protons, neutrons, and electrons.Protons and neutrons make up the center (nucleus) of the atom, and electrons form shells around the nucleus.NESTA welcomes new Institutional Affiliates in support of our ongoing programs, as well as collaborations on new projects. Scientists use a technique called radiometric dating to estimate the ages of rocks, fossils, and the earth. Carbon-14 atoms have two extra neutrons, giving them a total of 8 neutrons. Most carbon atoms also have 6 neutrons, giving them an atomic mass of 12 ( = 6 protons 6 neutrons).
God knows just what He meant to say, and His understanding of science is infallible, whereas ours is fallible.
An “isotope” is any of several different forms of an element, each having different numbers of neutrons.
The illustration below shows the three isotopes of carbon.
With our focus on one particular form of radiometric dating—carbon dating—we will see that carbon dating strongly supports a young earth.
Note that, contrary to a popular misconception, carbon dating is not used to date rocks at millions of years old.Since the Bible is the inspired Word of God, we should examine the validity of the standard interpretation of All radiometric dating methods use scientific procedures in the present to interpret what has happened in the past. Can carbon-14 dating help solve the mystery of which worldview is more accurate?