The wonderful property of isochron methods is: if one of these requirements is violated, it is nearly certain that the data will indicate the problem by failure to plot on a line.

(This topic will be discussed in much more detail below.) Where the simple methods will produce an incorrect age, isochron methods will generally indicate the unsuitability of the object for dating.

Whether there's a data point on the Y-axis or not, the Y-intercept of the line doesn't change as the slope of the isochron line does (as shown in Figure 5).

In addition, it requires that these measurements be taken from several different objects which all formed at the same time from a common pool of materials.

Each such age would match the result given by the isochron.

Gain or loss of In order to make the figures easy to read (and quick to draw), the examples in this paper include few data points.

Since the data points have the same Y-value and a range of X-values, they initially fall on a horizontal line: half-lives will include zero within its range of uncertainty.

(The range of uncertainty varies, and may be as much as an order of magnitude different from the approximate value above.

The better the fit of the data to the line, the lower the uncertainty.

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