In this penny lab, learners determine the percent composition of a penny produced after 1982. They calculate the amount of copper and zinc in the penny by performing a chemical reaction on the penny with hydrochloric acid.
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What is the Percentage of Copper in "Copper" Coins?
Whether in the UK or in the US, the mass of the copper in a copper alloy penny can be determined. If you are in the US, just note that on the lab sheet, a penny is identified as a "1p piece." The penny is dissolved by young chemists in...
9th - 12th Science
Describing a Chemical Reaction: Playing with Copper
Three experiments involving pennies help young chemists see the chemical reactions between copper and other elements. The first experiment is rhetorical (it prompts students to leave a bright penny out for a year) but the second two...
7th - 11th Science