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ERIC Number: EJ818991
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Sep
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 17
ISSN: ISSN-0143-0807
What Are the 50 Cent Euro Coins Made of?
Peralta, Luis; Farinha, Ana Catarina; Rego, Florbela
European Journal of Physics, v29 n5 p901-909 Sep 2008
X-ray fluorescence is a non-destructive technique that allows elemental composition analysis. In this paper we describe a prescription to obtain the elemental composition of homogeneous coins, like 50 cent Euro coins, and how to get the quantitative proportions of each element with the help of Monte Carlo simulation. Undergraduate students can carry out both the laboratory work and the simulation, thus exploiting an analysis technique widely employed in contemporary physics. (Contains 4 tables and 5 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: Students; Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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