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Where does carbon come in the reactivity series?

Description

The position of carbon in the reactivity series is determined by heating carbon with metal oxides and looking for evidence of a reaction.

Type of Activity

:
demonstration, class practical

Audience

:
Teacher

Age Group

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14 to 16 years

Credits

:
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

Experiment 1 Heating carbon with metal oxides: 

Each working group requires:

Hard glass test-tubes, 3 (Note 1)

Bunsen burner

Heat resistant mat

Test-tube holder

Magnet

Experiment 2 The reaction of magnesium with carbon dioxide:

For one demonstration:

Carbon dioxide cylinder (or CO2 gas generator). See standard techniques: Generating, collecting and testing gases

Gas jar and lid

Tongs

Bunsen burner

Scissors

Experiment 1 Heating carbon with metal oxides

Each working group requires:

Carbon (dry powdered wood charcoal)

Magnesium oxide

Copper(II) oxide (HARMFUL, DANGEROUS FOR THE ENVIRONMENT)

Iron(III) oxide

Experiment 2 The reaction of magnesium with carbon dioxide

Magnesium ribbon, 10 cm

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

 





 




Page last updated October 2015

The position of carbon in the reactivity series is determined by heating carbon with metal oxides and looking for evidence of a reaction.

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.