Session Number

B-2

Grade Level

Grade Levels: HS

Start Date

3-3-2017 10:45 AM

End Date

3-3-2017 11:45 AM

Keywords

forensic, metallurgy, coin, China, forgery, counterfeit

Description

Chinese antiquities may be readily found for sale on eBay. Ancient coins may be purchased for very reasonable prices. Are these authentic artifacts, or modern forgeries? An investigation will include measurements and calculations to identify the metals involved. Using only inexpensive, school-grade equipment, participants will be challenged to solve the mystery. Success will hinge on careful measurement, deductive reasoning, and a thoughtful consideration of experimental uncertainty.

 
Mar 3rd, 10:45 AM Mar 3rd, 11:45 AM

Session B-2: Forensic Metallurgy – A Challenge in Basic Measurements

Chinese antiquities may be readily found for sale on eBay. Ancient coins may be purchased for very reasonable prices. Are these authentic artifacts, or modern forgeries? An investigation will include measurements and calculations to identify the metals involved. Using only inexpensive, school-grade equipment, participants will be challenged to solve the mystery. Success will hinge on careful measurement, deductive reasoning, and a thoughtful consideration of experimental uncertainty.

 

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