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Corrosion of Iron—Student Laboratory Kit

By: The Flinn Staff

Item #: AP5608

Price: $46.25

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The Corrosion of Iron Oxidation and Reduction Laboratory Kit is a colorful activity in which students study the process of corrosion and the activity series of metals. Students will visually determine the conditions that affect corrosion.

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Study the process of corrosion and the activity series of metals with this colorful laboratory activity. Students will first place several iron nails in a bed of agar. Then they will subject each nail to different conditions, such as surrounding the nail with a different metal. By adding indicators that show areas of oxidation and reduction, students will visually determine the conditions that either promote or prevent corrosion. Students will explain their observations using the activity series of metals. Kit includes reproducible student handouts; complete Teacher Notes with sample data, all chemical reactions involved and answers to questions plus all materials needed to perform the lab.

Complete for 30 students working in pairs.


Materials Included in Kit: 
Agar, Bacto™, 25 g
Copper wire, 18-gauge, 6 feet
Iron nail, 60
Phenolphthalein solution, dropper bottle, 1%, 30 mL
Potassium ferricyanide solution, 0.1 M, 35 mL
Steel wool size 00, one pack
Zinc strips, ¼" x 5", pkg/15
Culture (petri) dish, 90 x 15 mm, 30

Correlation to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

Science & Engineering Practices

Analyzing and interpreting data
Constructing explanations and designing solutions

Disciplinary Core Ideas

MS-PS1.A: Structure and Properties of Matter
MS-PS1.B: Chemical Reactions
HS-PS1.A: Structure and Properties of Matter

Crosscutting Concepts


Performance Expectations

MS-PS1-2. Analyze and interpret data on the properties of substances before and after the substances interact to determine if a chemical reaction has occurred.
HS-PS1-2. Construct and revise an explanation for the outcome of a simple chemical reaction based on the outermost electron states of atoms, trends in the periodic table, and knowledge of the patterns of chemical properties.