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HART0003: Introduction to Art and Science

Indicative Weekly Topics and Summer Reading List

Indicative Weekly topics:

  • Week 1: Introduction to the course
  • Week 2: Periodic table
  • Week 3: Atomic structure and bonding, Introduction to chemical reactions
  • Week 4: Chemical reactions
  • Week 5: Visit to a conservation science lab
  • Week 6: In which conditions do copper alloys become green?
  • Week 7: pH
  • Week 8: Synthesising a pigment
  • Week 9: Solubility
  • Week 10: Why are some varnishes so hard to remove?

Summer Reading List

  • Ball, Philip. Bright Earth: The Invention of Colour. London: Vintage Books, 2001.