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The Gold Rush—Turning Pennies into Silver and Gold—Chemical Demonstration Kit

By: David A. Katz, Retired, Wilmington, DE

Item #: AP8895 

Price: $30.20

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The Gold Rush Oxidation–Reduction Chemical Demonstration Kit provides students with what alchemists only dreamed about. Students will be dazzled as an ordinary copper penny is turned into silver and then into gold.

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Demonstrate to your students what the alchemists only dreamed about. Turn an ordinary copper penny into silver and then into gold. Students will watch as you place pennies into a chemical solution that turns the pennies silver. Then, over heat, the silver penny will change into “gold.” Teacher Demonstration Notes included.

Concepts: Oxidation–reduction, alloys.
Time Required: 15 minutes
Note: Shiny pennies are needed, but not provided.


Materials Included in Kit: 
Sodium chloride, 25 g
Vinegar, 110 mL
Zinc chloride solution, 1 M, 200 mL
Zinc granular, 10 g

Correlation to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

Science & Engineering Practices

Planning and carrying out investigations
Constructing explanations and designing solutions
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
HS-PS1.B: Chemical Reactions

Crosscutting Concepts

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

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.
MS-PS1-4. Develop a model that predicts and describes changes in particle motion, temperature, and state of a pure substance when thermal energy is added or removed.
MS-PS1-5. Develop and use a model to describe how the total number of atoms does not change in a chemical reaction and thus mass is conserved.