Buena High School, Ventura, California, U.S.A.
Lawrencium: After researching lawrencium I very quickly had an idea of what I wanted to do for my periodic tile. I wanted to incorporate the fact that lawrencium was radioactive and to recognize the person after whom the element is named — Ernest Lawrence. I chose to paint the background for my tile black and gray so that the bright green paint splatters and letters would stand out. The bright green that I chose for the symbol and atomic number represents the element’s radioactivity. Finally, I wanted to do a simple yet interesting portrait of the person honored by this element. I decided that a white outlined painting would stand out the best.
Original artwork by Miranda Bustamante. Teacher: Richard Smith, Buena High School, Ventura, California, U.S.A.
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* Haynes, W. M. (2011). CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics, 91st edition: http://www.hbcponline.com/ Retrieved April 7, 2011
** Winter, M. (2010). Home of the Periodic Table. Retrieved April 8, 2011, from Web Elements: http://www.webelements.com/