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Producing Metals with Electricity—Student Laboratory Kit

By: The Flinn Staff

Item #: AP6877 

Price: $53.79

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The Producing Metals with Electricity Electrochemistry Laboratory Kit is a great activity for an applications-oriented chemistry laboratory. Pass an electric current through a solution, and collect pure silver metal!

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Pass an electric current through a solution, and collect pure silver metal! Demonstrate the real-world uses of electrochemistry with this innovative lab activity. Students investigate the reactions of copper, zinc and silver salt solutions in a partitioned Petri dish with mini-carbon electrodes. A simple 9-volt battery serves as a power source. The products are a beautiful metal coating at the negative electrode. A great activity for an applications-oriented chemistry class. Includes metal salt solutions, partitioned Petri dishes, battery caps with leads, pencil lead electrodes, reproducible student handouts, detailed background information and Teacher Notes with sample data and answers to all questions.

Complete for 30 students working in pairs. 9 V batteries are required and available separately.


Materials Included in Kit: 
Bromthymol blue solution, 0.04%, 50 mL
Copper(II) sulfate solution, 0.5 M, 100 mL
Silver nitrate solution, 0.2 M, 100 mL
Zinc nitrate solution, 0.5 M, 100 mL
Battery clips with wire leads, 15
Pencil leads, 0.9 mm, pkg/15, 2
Petri dish, partitioned, 15

Correlation to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

Science & Engineering Practices

Asking questions and defining problems
Developing and using models
Planning and carrying out investigations
Analyzing and interpreting data
Using mathematics and computational thinking
Engaging in argument from evidence

Disciplinary Core Ideas

MS-PS1.A: Structure and Properties of Matter
MS-PS1.B: Chemical Reactions
MS-PS2.B: Types of Interactions
HS-PS1.A: Structure and Properties of Matter
HS-PS1.B: Chemical Reactions
HS-PS2.B: Types of Interactions

Crosscutting Concepts

Cause and effect
Scale, proportion, and quantity
Energy and matter
Structure and function
Stability and change

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-PS1-1. Use the periodic table as a model to predict the relative properties of elements based on the patterns of electrons in the outermost energy level of atoms.
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.
HS-PS1-7. Use mathematical representations to support the claim that atoms, and therefore mass, are conserved during a chemical reaction.