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The Chemical Educator

ISSN: 1430-4171 (electronic version)

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Abstract Volume 19 (2014) pp 261-263

An Introductory Physical Properties Laboratory Utilizing Materials Used in Jewelry-Making

Christine H. Jaworek-Lopes*,†, Naomi Lev, and Analice H. Sowell

Department of Chemistry, Emmanuel College, 400 The Fenway, Boston, MA 02115,; Science Department, Memphis University School, 6191 ParkAvenue, Memphis, TN 38119
Received June 9, 2014. Accepted July 8, 2014.

Published: 29 August 2014

Abstract. Beads and wires are common materials used in jewelry-making, are widely available, and may be used to explore a wide variety of physical properties. Specifically, beads may be used for hardness and density experiments while wires may be used for conductivity and malleability experiments. This experiment may be modified for use in a variety of classroom settings.

Key Words: Laboratories and Demonstrations; general chemistry; non-major laboratories; high school; physical property determination; density; hardness; malleability

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