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Lab-Aids: Copper Mining and Extraction Kit - STEMfinity
  • SKU: LAB-440S

Lab-Aids: Copper Mining and Extraction Kit


Lab-Aids: Copper Mining and Extraction Kit

Copper and other raw materials contribute to our technological lifestyle, but the by-products of extracting copper from ore are potential toxic wastes. In this activity, students explore the properties of copper and copper ore. They conduct two reactions used to extract and recover copper from the ore. This process introduces single and double replacement reactions. Student also consider the wastes produced by the extraction process. Developed by SEPUP.
Scientific Concepts:
  • Chemical reactions are used to extract and recover copper from ore
  • Chemicals such as copper and its compounds react in characteristic ways to form new substances with different properties
  • Natural resources, such as copper, are used to maintain and improve quality of life
  • The by-products of ore processing can become potentially toxic wastes
  • Decisions involving resource use should be made with an understanding of the trade-offs involved

Content List:
  • 1 Teacher's Guide with MSDS
  • 32 Student Worksheets and Guides
  • 1 Malachite, piece
  • 1 Crushed malachite ore, container
  • 1 White scoop
  • 8 Sulfuric acid, 1M bottle
  • 8 3.25 oz. cups
  • 16 AB trays, LAB-AIDS‚®
  • 16 Filter funnels
  • 8 Filter paper circles, coarse
  • 16 Cups , 30-mL, graduated
  • 24 Stir sticks
  • 1 Iron powder, container
  • 16 Droppers
  • 16 Filter paper circles, Fine

Classroom Planning:
  • To complete the two activities in this kit requires two to three ~50-minute class periods
  • Number of Students: 32