Most programming languages have a random number generator.

This is a function that will provide you with an almost-random (or pseudorandom) number.

You might be lucky; the programming language of your choice might be able to provide a random integer between 1 and 6—exactly what you would get from rolling one die.

If not, do you know how to translate a random real number between 0 and 1 to a random integer between 1 and 6? Now you only have to execute this formula 100 times, and store the numbers, to generate a sample of numbers you might get by rolling 100 dice. Roll the Dice & Use Radiometric Dating to Find Out can help you translate the result of rolling 100 dice to the decay of 100 isotopes and explains how to add a time component and how to generate a decay curve.

Why not get the help of a computer to do this repetitious work for you?

A computer program can help you create a simulation of what would happen in real life.

Roll the Dice & Use Radiometric Dating to Find Out.

In that particular Project Idea, radioactive decay of isotopes is modeled by rolling dice.

While that procedure is a great way to grasp the concept, it would certainly be a time-consuming and tedious process in the real world, even with samples of only 100 dice, which could scarcely be called a "large number." Furthermore, how many trials of rolling up to 100 dice over and over again—while accurately keeping track of the results—would you be willing to do by hand?

The most motivated student will only get to a pretty small number of trials.

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Start by generating a decay curve for an isotope that decays with a chance of 1/6 in 1 time unit.

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