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Mass Spectrometry: Group 1

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Introduction

Go to the Mystery of the Pharaohs website, read the section below, and answer the following questions. Then, working with your group, use the answers to prepare a brief presentation to the class about how scientists are using mass spectrometry to learn about mummies.

Section to read: Mass Spectrometry: Deciphering the Elements
http://www.pbs.org/wnet/pharaohs/secrets2.html


  1. What is mass spectrometry? What can it tell us about mummies?


  2. What sorts of compounds can be identified by mass spectrometry? (Name at least five.)


  3. Why do you think Garner and Counsell wanted to evaluate the blue lotus?


  4. Describe below how the basic mass spectrometry procedure works.


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