What is the Age of the Solar System?


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What is the best scientific approximation for the age of our solar system?

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1. If we assume everything in our solar system formed from the solar nebula then we can reasonably assume that:

2. These are variations of an element that have the same number of protons but different numbers of neutrons.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The accompanying quiz and worksheet combo will test your understanding of the methods and reasoning that scientists have used in order to determine the age of the Solar System. In the quiz, you will be tested on the age of the universe as well as the solar nebula.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In this assessment you'll be tested on:

  • The approximate age of the solar system
  • What we can learn from solar nebula
  • Scientific terms for elements and processes used in aging solar particles
  • The solution to a practical problem in rock formation aging

Skills Practiced

  • Problem solving - use acquired knowledge to solve practice problems on the age of rock formations
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as solar nebula and radioactive dating
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about dating rock formations

Additional Learning

To learn more about the age of the solar system, review the accompanying lesson on What is the Age of the Solar System? This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • An explanation of the solar nebula and the formation of our galaxy
  • The assumptions that scientists can make about certain elements that help in determining the age of the solar system
  • How radioactive dating is used to date solar particles in order to draw conclusions about the age of the solar system