The reaction of magnesium with copper(II) oxide

Description

This experiment shows magnesium's ability to remove oxygen from an oxide of copper and their relative positions in the reactivity series.

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 for students

Goggles or face shield for teacher

Safety screens

Crucible (Note 1)

Pipeclay triangle

Tripod

Bunsen burner

Large sheet of hardboard to protect the bench (or heat resistant mats)

Scrap paper, 2 pieces

Magnesium powder (HIGHLY FLAMMABLE), 0.25 g (Note 2)

Copper(II) oxide powder (HARMFUL, DANGEROUS FOR THE ENVIRONMENT), 0.25 g (Note 2)

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Page last updated September 2016

This experiment shows magnesium's ability to remove oxygen from an oxide of copper and their relative positions in the reactivity series.

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.