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The Copper Test Tube—Chemical Demonstration Kit

By: Jim and Julie Ealy, Retired, The Peddie School, Hightstown, NJ

Item #: AP2091

Price: $36.85

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With the Copper Test Tube Oxidation–Reduction Chemical Demonstration Kit, take a “clear” test tube, add a few drops of chemical solutions, swirl and place it in hot water. Before students’ very eyes, they will see copper develop.

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Take a test tube that “appears” to be absolutely clear, add a few drops of different chemical solutions, swirl the test tube around and place it in hot water. Before your students’ very eyes, they will see a beautiful film of copper develop and deposit on the test tube glass. Teacher Demonstration Notes included.

Concepts: Oxidation–reduction.
Time Required: 20 minutes
Note: Perform this demonstration in a fume hood or well-ventilated lab.


Materials Included in Kit: 
Fehlings solution A, 15 mL
Fehlings solution B, 15 mL
Glyoxal solution, 40%, 25 mL
Nitric acid, 14 mL
Silver nitrate solution, 0.06 M, 10 mL
Steel wool, fine, pad
Tin(II) chloride solution, 10 mL
Foil barrier bag, 4½" x 3" x 12" x 4.3 mil nylon
Tubes, culture, disposable, 13 x 100 mm, 10

Correlation to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

Science & Engineering Practices

Analyzing and interpreting data

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.