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Extracting metals from rocks

Description

This experiment involves producing copper from copper ore (malachite). The composition of malachite is mainly copper(II) carbonate CuCO3.Cu(OH)2. This experiment involves heating the copper(II) carbonate with carbon.

Credits

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This is an experiment from the Practical Chemistry project, developed by the Nuffield Foundation and the Royal Society of Chemistry.
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Apparatus Chemicals

Eye protection

Crucible, preferably metal (Note 1)

Crucible tongs

Bunsen burner

Heat resistant mat

Tripod

Gauze or pipeclay triangle (Note 2)

Beaker (250 cm3 or larger)

Spatula

Copper(II) carbonate (HARMFUL), about 1 g

Wood charcoal, powdered, about 2 g

Refer to Health & Safety and Technical notes section below for additional information.

 







This experiment involves producing copper from copper ore (malachite). The composition of malachite is mainly copper(II) carbonate CuCO3.Cu(OH)2. This experiment involves heating the copper(II) carbonate with carbon.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

This is a resource from the Practical Chemistry project, developed by the Nuffield Foundation and the Royal Society of Chemistry. This collection of over 200 practical activities demonstrates a wide range of chemical concepts and processes. Each activity contains comprehensive information for teachers and technicians, including full technical notes and step-by-step procedures. Practical Chemistry activities accompany Practical Physics and Practical Biology .