Science is a new way to teach middle school science. It is an
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establish the relevance of science topics; authentic tasks create the
need-to-know more about those topics; and lively interviews,
photographs, Web pages, and inquiry-based science activities create a
desire to know more about those topics.
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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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
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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.
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.
these things are true, whether or not the compound is formed by burning
Worlds: The Universe WithinView 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.
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.