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Fraud!Fraud! allows students to explore basic chemistry concepts in the context of an art forgery. After students create a mask, they are placed in the roles of laboratory technicians to analyze the materials in the mask. Science activities will allow students to explore the physical and chemical properties of the various elements, compounds, and mixtures that are used to decorate the masks. Students will love discovering whether or not their classmates' works are frauds.

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As with all Event-Based Science modules, much of the information that students need is provided in the pages of Fraud!. However, more information is needed. Information about art and chemistry will add to the authenticity of your study.

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In Part 1 of the Science Activity called Rusty Elements, students are asked to burn steel wool and describe changes that occur. They then place some steel wool in a humid environment and describe changes that occur. The teacher's guide indicates that rust is formed in both cases. This is not exactly true.

Burning is a reaction between iron and oxygen that produces iron oxide. Since this iron oxide is black and not the red color of rust, it must be Iron(II) oxide (or ferrous oxide, FeO) which is a black powder. Iron (III) oxide (or ferric oxide Fe2O3) is red and is produced when iron rusts.

The purpose of Part I of the activity is to demonstrate that an iron compound is formed by the reaction between iron and oxygen. Also, that the compound is different from the element iron.

Both of these things are true, whether or not the compound is formed by burning or rusting.

Thanks to Joe Muskin for noting this discrepancy.

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Links to Fraud! related WEB Sites 
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Han van Megeren forgery

The Card Players (1938-39)
HVM forgery

Chemistry Glassware

  • Secret Worlds: The Universe Within View the Milky Way at 10 million light years from the Earth. Then move through space towards the Earth in successive orders of magnitude until you reach a tall oak tree just outside the buildings of the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory in Tallahassee, Florida. After that, begin to move from the actual size of a leaf into a microscopic world that reveals leaf cell walls, the cell nucleus, chromatin, DNA and finally, into the subatomic universe of electrons and protons.
  • RasMol: Molecular Modeling Software - Free software for Windows, Macs, Unix and VMS which shows 3D images of molecules, especially biological macromolecules such as proteins and nucleic acids. A gallery of images is also available at this site.
  • WWW Chemistry Guide - a comprehensive collection of annotated links for chemists and researchers involved in organic, biochemical, computational, medicinal and/or other chemistry research. We hope the links we have provided here will help you to locate the information you are looking for quickly and easily.
  • Video - Art Fraud Story


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