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How Old is My Bronze Cannon? A laboratory exercise linking analytical chemistry, spectroscopy and metallurgy

Henry, D.J.ORCID: 0000-0002-9629-4423 and Laird, D.W.ORCID: 0000-0001-7550-4607 (2014) How Old is My Bronze Cannon? A laboratory exercise linking analytical chemistry, spectroscopy and metallurgy. Journal of Laboratory Chemical Education, 2 (4). pp. 73-78.

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Abstract

Details are provided of a simple, quick, and safe laboratory exercise to analyze the tin content of a bronze sample. The experiment is set in the context of analyzing filings from a bronze artefact (“cannon”) of unknown origin. Students work in teams to complete separate parts of the experiment and to produce replicate sets of results. The procedure is designed in such a way as to demonstrate the basic principles of oxidation and reduction, spectroscopy and analytical chemistry at a level suitable for upper secondary school students. It also provides an opportunity to introduce students to advanced analytical instrumentation that is not generally available in secondary schools. The experiment was developed to be completed in a single 50 minute session and has been successfully conducted with over 200 middle- to upper-level secondary school students.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Engineering and Information Technology
Publisher: Scientific & Academic Publishing
Copyright: © 2014 Scientific & Academic Publishing
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/49189
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