There were eleven samples used in my project, each tested several times with an acidic solution. My three solutions were potassium ferricyanide, potassium ferrocyanide and potassium chromate. I first consulted a chemistry teacher at College of the Redwoods, then obtained a research approval certificate. Iron, copper and lead were my three main samples, my other samples consisted of metals which I tested for iron, copper and lead.
Iron pyrite and galena showed signs of iron. Glacial formed copper and magnetite showed signs of copper. The nickel I tested showed signs of both iron and copper, it also showed signs of an unknown substance. Magnetite was the only sample that showed any signs of lead.
Overall I think this was a successful project. I feel that I learned a lot throughout this experiment. It was very interesting to see that after testing the nickel I could see the shape of the building on the filter paper. However not very many of the statements that I made in my hypothesis turned out to be true. For example, I though lead would be green whereas, it turned out to be yellow. I also learned about how electrographic metal detection is used in forensic science. A classic example of the forensic use of electrography was the investigation of a crime during which a cooper wire had been severed. Electrographic analysis revealed traces of copper on a hatchet in a suspect's possesion.
This project is about testing metals and minerals for iron , copper and lead.
Science Fair Project done By Matalie T. Church-Nyberg