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Cents-ible Chemistry-Analysis of the Metal in a Penny

Students determine the base metals and surface metals in a penny. In this analysis of metals lesson plan, students determine the density of five pennies minted in different years. They use different chemicals such as hydrochloric acid, nitric acid and sodium hydroxide to observe changes in pennies based on their chemical make-up.

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9th - 11th
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Resource Type
Lesson Plans
Instructional Strategy
Inquiry-Based Learning
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  • Worksheet