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Single Replacement Reactions and Metal Activity—Student Laboratory Kit

By: The Flinn Staff

Item #: AP7177

Price: $55.00

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In the Single Replacement Chemical Reactions and Metal Activity Laboratory Kit, students perform possible single replacement reactions of different metals with solutions of metal cations. Students find the activity series of the metals.

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Why do single replacement reactions occur in one direction only, with a more active metal always replacing the ion of a less active metal? In this microscale experiment, students carry out a series of possible single replacement reactions of copper, iron, magnesium and zinc with solutions of metal cations. Analyzing the results allows students to rank the metals from most active to least active, determine the activity series of the metals and predict the reactivity of metals that were not tested. The experiment also provides valuable practice writing chemical equations. Versatile student lab kit may be used to teach a variety of concepts—single replacement reactions, molecular versus net ionic equations, oxidation–reduction reactions and activity series! 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. Fifteen reusable 24-well reaction plates are recommended and available separately.


Materials Included in Kit: 
Copper strips, pkg/5
Copper(II) sulfate solution, 0.2 M, 100 mL
Iron strips, pkg/5
Iron(II) sulfate, 8 g
Magnesium metal ribbon, 3 feet
Magnesium nitrate solution, 0.2 M, 100 mL
Silver nitrate solution, 0.2 M, 100 mL
Zinc foil, 3" x 3", pkg/2
Zinc sulfate solution, 0.2 M, 100 mL
Pipet, Beral-type, graduated, 75

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

Disciplinary Core Ideas

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

Crosscutting Concepts

Cause and effect
Scale, proportion, and quantity
Systems and system models
Energy and matter

Performance Expectations

MS-ESS2-3: Analyze and interpret data on the distribution of fossils and rocks, continental shapes, and seafloor structures to provide evidence of the past plate motions.
HS-ESS1-5: Evaluate evidence of the past and current movements of continental and oceanic crust and the theory of plate tectonics to explain the ages of crustal rocks.