All Cross-curriculum articles – Page 4

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    Magic writing with sodium nitrate solution

    In this experiment, students write a hidden message using invisible ink and watch what happens when a glowing splint touches their message.

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    Herschel infrared experiment

    In this experiment, students measure the temperature thermometers reach as they are placed throughout (and beyond) the spectrum of visible light. 

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    Invisible inks

    In this experiment, students test a variety of substances to see if they can be used as an invisible ink.

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    Spinning colour top

    In this experiment, students observe, describe and explain what happens when a multicoloured disc spins at a high speed.

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    Making a rainbow

    In this experiment, students observe what happens to white light as it passes through water droplets.

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    Were Ancient Greek statues white or coloured?

    Renaissance artists studied the sculptures and monuments of Greece and Rome and emulated them in their own work, ie they imitated the art. This perspective of art has echoed down the centuries to influence the appearance of Western art and architecture today.

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    Radiography

    Part of the art conservation process is the examination and investigation of the artefact to determine its structure, make-up or stability. This resource investigates the two main types of radiography used: x-ray and gamma.

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    Flame tests using metal salts

    In this classic science experiment, students report on the colours produced when flame tests are carried out on different metal salts.

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    Oil and water mix

    In this practical, students predict and observe what happens when water and alcohol, and water and oil are mixed. 

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    Making an oil-water emulsion

    Students observe what happens when oil and water are mixed, and how the results of the experiment change when various substances, including an emulsifier, are added.

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    Three colours from the same dye-bath

    In this experiment, students see if dyes bond differently depending on the material, and what effect this has.

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    Tyndall effect- why the sky is blue

    In this experiment, students observe and report on the Tyndall effect. Also, students use their knowledge of the properties of mixtures and emulsions, and light to explain their observations.

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    Making marbled paper

    In this practical, students create a marble effect on paper, using their knowledge of mixtures and hydrophobic solutions to explain the phenomena. Also, students use their evaluating skills to determine which method produces the best result.

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    Measure the speed of light

    In this experiment, students report their findings when bread, covered in butter, is placed in a microwave without the turning plate. They also use their data to calculate the speed of light.

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    Tie dye milk

    This investigation looks at the topic of surface tension in a colourful way, where students create a tie dye effect with milk, water, washing up liquid and food colouring.

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    Water drop art

    In this practical, students observe and report what happens when water is placed on waxed paper, and a splint or toothpick is positioned close to the droplets.

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    Ancient inks

    In this practical, students use methods which have been used for centuries to produce inks.

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    Making and using blueprint paper

    Blueprints use the cyanotype process invented by the astronomer John Herschel in 1842. In this experiment you will carry out an experiment to produce blueprint paper and produce an image or diagram using the blueprint paper. 

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    Restoration of Minoan paintings: Imitation or reproduction?

    Minoan art tells of a people who were keen observers of their world, in touch with the environment and enjoying the world they lived in.

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    Greek art theory influences future art

    Here we look at how the influences on Ancient Greek art, including the importance, and what is meant by, the Goldern Ratio.