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Production of Hydrogen


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Production of Hydrogen

In this chemistry activity, learners use mossy zinc (or a galvanized nail) and hydrochloric acid to generate hydrogen gas and test some of its properties. This resource includes brief questions for learners to answer after the experiment. Use this activity to introduce learners to hydrogen as well as single replacement reactions. Note: this activity involves a strong acid and an open flame.

Quick Guide


Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 11 - 18

Resource Types:
Activity, Experiment/Lab Activity

Language:
English

Materials List (per group of students)


  • mossy zinc or galvanized nail
  • 3 M hydrochloric acid or muriatic acid, diluted to 3 M
  • 125 mL Erlenmeyer or small jar
  • stopper or lid
  • wood splints or toothpicks
  • Beral pipets or droppers
  • candle and matches

Subjects


  • Physical Sciences
    • Chemistry
      • Chemical Reactions
    • States of Matter
      • Gases
    • Structure and Properties of Matter
      • Elements and Periodic Table
      • Volume and Density
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Conducting Investigations
      • Formulating Explanations

Audience


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities

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