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Recycling Copper—A Four Reaction Copper Cycle—Student Laboratory Kit

By: The Flinn Staff

Item #: AP6882 

Price: $66.96

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With the Recycling Copper and the Four Reaction Copper Cycle Chemistry Laboratory Kit, students and instructors will love the beautiful reactions and the challenge of carrying out chemical reactions that both start and end with copper.

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How old is the copper penny in your pocket? It may be older than you think! Recovery and recycling of copper metal is a thriving industry. The purpose of this experiment is to carry out a sequence of chemical reactions that starts with copper and ends with copper. The “four reaction copper cycle” illustrates the properties of copper and its compounds and demonstrates different types of chemical reactions. “Copper-cycle” experiments are classic labs—the reactions in this lab have been optimized to make them as safe and efficient as possible. Students and teachers will love the beautiful reactions and the challenge of reclaiming the copper. Lab can be completed in one 50-minute class period! Includes reproducible student handouts, detailed background information, complete Teacher Notes with sample data and answers to all questions and all necessary chemicals and consumable supplies.

Complete for 30 students working in pairs.


Materials Included in Kit: 
Acetone, 250 mL
Boiling stones, 10 g
Copper powder, 5 g
Hydrochloric acid solution, 3 M, 200 mL, 2
Magnesium granules, 10 g
Nitric acid, 6 M, 100 mL
Sodium hydroxide solution, 6 M, 125 mL
Sodium phosphate solution, 0.3 M, 200 mL
Foil barrier bag, 6¾" x 3¾" x 16¼" x 4.3 mil nylon
Foil barrier bag, 4½" x 3" x 12" x 4.3 mil nylon, 2
Hydrion® 112 pH test strips, vial of 100
Pipet, Beral-type, graduated, 60

Correlation to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

Science & Engineering Practices

Asking questions and defining problems
Planning and carrying out investigations
Analyzing and interpreting data
Using mathematics and computational thinking
Constructing explanations and designing solutions

Disciplinary Core Ideas

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

Crosscutting Concepts

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

Performance Expectations

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.