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Catalysis of the reaction between zinc and sulfuric acid

Description

Zinc, catalysed by copper, reacts with sulfuric acid. The rate of reaction can be compared by means of the rate of production of hydrogen gas bubbles.

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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

Each student or pair of students will require:

Test-tubes, 3

Test-tube rack

Measuring cylinder (10 cm3)

Dropping pipette

Granulated zinc, a few pieces

Copper turnings or powder, a few pieces / half a spatula

Dilute sulfuric acid, 1 M (IRRITANT), 15 cm3

Copper(II) sulfate(VI) solution, 0.5 M, a few cm3

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

 



 




Page last updated October 2015

Zinc, catalysed by copper, reacts with sulfuric acid. The rate of reaction can be compared by means of the rate of production of hydrogen gas bubbles.

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.