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Foiled Again—Aluminum Loses to Copper—Chemical Demonstration Kit

By: The Flinn Staff

Item #: AP5936 

Price: $52.40

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With the Foiled Again—Aluminum Loses To Copper Oxidation–Reduction Chemical Demonstration Kit, students study color changes, gas production, solid formation and more. Students analyze catalysts in the redox battle of aluminum and copper.

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Watch metallic copper appear instantaneously as aluminum foil is added to aqueous cupric chloride. Try adding aluminum foil to aqueous cupric sulfate—no copper forms and aluminum survives! Add a catalyst—copper appears and aluminum is foiled again! Students observe color changes, production of a gas, formation of a solid and a drastic change in temperature. Students learn the crucial role of a catalyst with this visually dramatic demonstration—a true redox battle between aluminum and copper. Teacher Demonstration Notes included. 

Concepts: Oxidation–reduction, catalysis, single replacement reactions.
Time Required: 15 minutes


Materials Included in Kit: 
Aluminum foil, regular, full roll, 12" x 25 feet
Copper(II) chloride solution, 1 M, 500 mL, 2
Copper(II) sulfate solution, 1 M, 500 mL, 2
Sodium Chloride solution, 1 M, 500 mL, 2

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.B: Chemical Reactions

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.