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The position of iron in the reactivity series

Description

This experiment shows the position of iron in the reactivity series, by heating iron metal with the oxides of two other metals, copper and magnesium.

Type of Activity

:
class practical

Audience

:
Teacher

Age Group

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14 to 16 years

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

Each working group requires:

Test-tubes (Note 1)

Bunsen burner

Heat resistant mat

Test-tube holder

Spatula

Iron filings, 2 spatula measures

Magnesium oxide, 1 spatula measure

Copper(II) oxide (HARMFUL, DANGEROUS FOR THE ENVIRONMENT), 1 spatula measure

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

 







Page last updated October 2015

This experiment shows the position of iron in the reactivity series, by heating iron metal with the oxides of two other metals, copper and magnesium.

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.