Matter, Atomic Structure, and Bonding: Electroplating Metals

For today’s lesson, we decided to deviate from Lesson 27 in the textbook because of reagent availability and safety concerns.  We began class with a brief video demonstrating the process of electroplating copper metal with zinc metal:

After the video we sketched out the lab setup:

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The students then watched a live demonstration before they set up the lab working in groups of four.  Because the electroplating takes an hour or so to be clearly observable, the experiments continued to run until 4th period as pictured below along with a picture of the copper we started with:

After setting up the experiments, students watched a video about how electroplating is used in industry:

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