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Uranium's atomic number is 92, corresponding to its number of protons.which decay into lead-206 and lead-207 respectively.Radiometric dating takes advantage of the fact that the composition of certain minerals (rocks, fossils and other highly durable objects) changes over time.Specifically, the relative amounts of their constituent Some things in nature disappear at a more or less constant rate, regardless of how much there is to start with and how much remains.Calculations involving radioactive isotopes are more formal but follow the same basic principle: If you know the half-life of the radioactive element and can measure how much of each isotope is present, you can figure out the age of the fossil, rock or other entity it comes from.
As an analogy, say you find yourself wondering, "How warm (or cold) is it outside?
Sure, you can scour the Internet and learn rather quickly that the scientific consensus pins the age of of the planet at about 4.6 billion years.
But Google didn't invent this number; instead, human ingenuity and applied physics have provided it.
Uranium-lead (U-Pb) dating: Radioactive uranium comes in two forms, uranium-238 and uranium-235.
The number refers to the number of protons plus neutrons.