Introduction to the electron transfer reaction

Article no. P1033000 | Type: Experiments

10 Minutes
10 Minutes
grades 7-10 , grades 10-13


In this experiment students examine the reaction of metals in salt solutions.  Students put iron or iron wool into a copper sulfate solution and solid copper into an iron sulfate solution.  With this experiment students learn that metals can be deposited from a salt solution of a nobler metal (reduction reaction) with the help of a solid metal (which is less noble). The solid metal itself is oxidized and the ions dissolves into soltion (oxidation reaction).


Learning objectives

  • Solid metals usualy react with noble metal ions,  but noble, solid metals mostly do not react with metal ions
  • Reduction reaction is always linked with an oxidation reaction


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(en) Experiment guide
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