Electrochemistry

 

Copper Zinc voltaic cell – Demonstrate a copper/zinc voltaic cell turning a motor to show that a spontaneous reaction can be harnessed to do work.

Electrolysis of Water – Electrolyze water (dilute Na2SO4 solution with indicator) in the Hoffman apparatus to decompose it into its component elements, hydrogen and oxygen. If desired, you can test the H2 (g) and/or O2 (g) produced with a flame and a glowing splint, respectively.

Zinc and HCl – Immerse mossy zinc in HCl (aq) and use a lighted splint to ignite the hydrogen gas produced.