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Reaction between zinc and hydrochloric acid
« on: July 03, 2012, 02:21:21 AM »

When we make hydrogen in the lab, we can react zinc with hydrochloric acid to produce a salt and hydrogen.
And copper(II) sulphate is added, which reacts with a small amount of the zinc to form copper, which acts as the catalyst in the reaction.
Why can't we just add copper straight-away??


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Re: Reaction between zinc and hydrochloric acid
« Reply #1 on: July 03, 2012, 08:57:38 AM »

You want copper to be deposited on the zinc surface, this way it is more effective.
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