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Writing with Electricity—Chemical Demonstration Kit

By: Paul Price, Trinity Valley School, Fort Worth, Texas

Item #: AP7312 

Price: $44.38

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With the Writing with Electricity Oxidation-Reduction Chemical Demonstration Kit, illustrate electrochemistry by using a copper “pen” to follow electrons in an electrolysis process. Students observe secret messages appear on filter paper.

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Get a charge out of writing with electricity! Demonstrate the key concepts of electrochemistry, including anodic and cathodic reactions, by using a copper “pen” to follow the flow of electrons in the electrolysis of aqueous potassium iodide. Students will observe secret messages that appear in filter paper containing starch and phenolphthalein indicators. The blue-black starch iodine complex is visible when the copper pen is negative, and the red color of phenolphthalein in base appears when the pen is positive. Identify the reactions responsible for each color change—and watch the electrons and concepts flow!Enough materials are included to perform the demonstration seven times. Concepts: Electrochemistry, acid–base indicators. Time Required: 15 minutes Materials Provided: Potassium iodide, starch, phenolphthalein indicator solution, aluminum pan, filter paper, 9-V battery, battery clips, copper wire, and disposable pipets.


Materials Included in Kit: 
Copper wire, 18-gauge, 3 feet
Phenolphthalein solution, 1%, 100 mL
Potassium iodide, 11.6 g
Starch, soluble, potato, 1 g
Alkaline battery, 9 V
Battery clip with alligator clip leads
Filter papers, 20 cm, pkg/100
Pie pan, aluminum, disposable, 10"
Pipet, Beral-type, graduated, 7

Correlation to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

Science & Engineering Practices

Constructing explanations and designing solutions

Disciplinary Core Ideas

MS-PS1.B: Chemical Reactions
HS-PS1.B: Chemical Reactions
HS-PS1.A: Structure and Properties of Matter
HS-PS3.A: Definitions of Energy

Crosscutting Concepts

Energy and matter
Stability and change

Performance Expectations

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.